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  1. 7 points
    It’s the little things that count! For those considering immigration to Australia, I thought I would list the things that I loved (and still love!) about Oz when my husband and I and our two small children immigrated to Townsville, North Queensland in 1996. Some of the things may sound trivial but I make no apologies for that. It’s the little things that you do on a daily basis that impact upon your life the most. So here are the simple things that put a smile on my Aussie dial. Getting my washing dry! I come from the Medway Towns in Kent and when we left the UK in 1996 clothes dryers were not commonplace. I remember the hassle of trying to get washing dry when it was raining or cold. I would hang the clothes on radiators and watch the condensation stream down the windows. Townsville is a tropical savannah climate and, on average, experiences 320 days of sunshine each year. Getting your clothes dry? Not a worry, mate! Now I put my washing on the line and it dries in under an hour. Plus it has that lovely, fresh, outdoor smell! This may be a little thing but it makes me very happy! Ideally you don’t want to dry your clothes in direct sunlight as the sun is very strong and it fades the colour, especially black clothes. Our first house was a traditional ‘Queenslander’ on stumps so there was a shady area under the house where the washing line was located. Alternatively place your washing line in a shady area of the garden. I now live in a lowset house so my washing line is in the sun for some of the day. Admittedly my towels do get a bit bone dry and scratchy but I just see that as an opportunity to exfoliate as I dry! Swimming under the stars and in the sea! A swim for us back in the UK involved getting into the car with all our gear, driving to the local swimming pool and coming home with a cold and a verruca. Here I just step out of my rear patio doors! We are lucky enough to have our own in-ground pool and when it’s dark (and the neighbours can’t see me) I slip into the pool ‘nudie rudie’ (as the Australians say) and swim on my back looking up at the stars. Bliss! Back in the UK we would swim in the sea a couple of times a year if we were lucky and could summon up the courage to jump into the icy waters! Here we live just 10 mins from the beach so we can make a spontaneous decision to jump in the car and within 15 minutes we’re enjoying the therapeutic benefits of the ocean! Wearing thongs (flip flaps), sandals or going barefoot a lot of the time is very liberating but does make your feet a bit callused and hobbit-like so I use the salty seawater and sand to soften the hard skin on my Aussiefied feet! Hey, it’s the little things remember? It’s like my very own tropical foot spa! I absolutely love swimming in the sea. It’s mentally and physically therapeutic and you feel relaxed afterwards like you’ve had a little holiday…or a mini-break as Bridget Jones would say! During the stinger season (stinger = jellyfish) we wear stinger suits and swim in the stinger net due to killer jellyfish (but no where’s perfect, right?). Entertaining Entertaining is easy and enjoyable in the tropics for the simple reason that you can do everything outside! In the UK I used to dread hosting the local ‘mother and toddler’ group with six prams parked in the front room, toddlers jumping up and down on the sofa with their shoes on and a handful of babies projectile vomiting on the carpet. In Oz it can all happen outside! Naturally, you have to make sure that the kids are protected from the sun but when my kids were little, as already mentioned above, we lived in a traditional ‘Queenslander’ house which had been raised so there was a large paved area underneath the house; perfect as a play space for the kids. Skin cancer is a big problem in Queensland and it is advisable not to let your children play outside in the heat of the day but once it starts to cool down, pop the sunscreen on and let them play in the pool with their buddies while you and the other mothers cool your toes in the pool and drink tea. If you’re lucky enough to afford a house with a pool, I’d definitely recommend it. It’s perfect for entertaining kids and it also wears them out. Bliss! Entertaining adults is just as simple as it can take place on the verandah, on the patio, under the house, in the garden or around the pool. Once the party is over the ants move in and clear up! Parking I can’t remember the last time I reversed park. I just don’t bother because there is always another parking spot close by, so why put myself through the stress? Obviously, this is due to living in a regional town with a population of only 185,000 but I’m not complaining! When we left the UK in 1996, the roads where we lived were very busy and it was always difficult to park. I remember visiting my mother-in-law who lived in a street of terraced houses. Cars would be parked on either side of the road allowing just one car to pass at any time, so you had to play, ‘Who’s going to go first’ with the other driver coming in the opposite direction. We would also invariably have to park way down the street from her house due to lack of parking spots which was a pain when you were carrying shopping. Townsvillians (as they are known) can’t imagine not being able to park outside their own homes and mostly they don’t have to as they have generous driveways and/or garages on their premises. When I first got to Australia I couldn’t believe the width of some of the streets! There is often a huge swathe of space on either side of the road for parking. I found that I could literally pull up outside the shop I wanted to visit. This was a completely new and strange phenomenon for me! I was used to driving round and round the block trying to find a park whilst the kids screamed in the back of the car. In Townsville we say that you can just about get anywhere in ten minutes. It’s probably not strictly true but the lack of traffic jams and easier parking do make driving a lot less stressful than the UK. My husband’s work commute was an hour each way in the UK, so two hours of his day would be spent in the car. Now he gets to work within 15 minutes. This is a huge plus for quality of life! And finally… Mangoes! I love mangoes! Our traditional Queenslander house had a huge garden of approximately ¼ acre and we were lucky enough to have two large mango trees. Unfortunately the bats like mangoes too but we managed to salvage enough for ourselves. I had never tasted mango before arriving in Australia and I couldn’t believe how delicious they were! Even now, I never buy mangoes. I wait for someone with a tree to give me some! If the tropics had a taste, it would be mango! They are extremely messy to eat but that just adds to the fun! I used to feed my kids mango nudie rudie (them not me!) and then pop them in the shower. I also got to experience lychees for the first time which are my other favourite fruit. A tropical Christmas always includes mangoes and lychees! As I said in my opening paragraph, it’s the small things that make you smile and improve your day-to-day quality of life that count. Whether it’s quick drying washing, heavenly mangoes or ‘nudie rudie’ swimming! As Julie Andrews sang, so sweetly, ‘These are a few of my favourite things’ but I have heaps more!
  2. 5 points
    In 2012 I came to Australia as an asylum seeker from Sri Lanka. I knew Australia would give me hope from my situation in Sri Lanka. If you ask any asylum seeker why they chose to seek refuge in Australia most answers would the same. It is a safe country, well developed, hardly any corruption if any and a very fair and honest democratic society. I am Sri Lankan and I escaped Sri Lanka as an asylum seeker. In Sri Lanka there is a lot of undercover corruption, and in my case politically. I escaped Sri Lanka in fear of my life. I was engaging with political activities, which in my case ended putting me in a lot of danger. All of my political activity landed me in trouble with a group who was backed by a very powerful political group. It can be very unpredictable and dangerous in engaging in political activities. Unfortunately there is a lot of political corruption in Sri Lanka which is what happened in my case. My political activities attracted attention by a very powerful political group, who sought out to not only attack me but kill me because of my activities. The group had found out where I lived in had beaten me very badly. They told me to stop all my political activity otherwise they would come back and beat me even worse, and that this was my first warning. In fear of my life I stopped, it seemed that no matter if I stopped or not they would still come after me. I went out one day, only to come back and home and see there was damage to my house. I knew instantly who was responsible. I left to go to my friend’s house. Unfortunately the group were still in my area, as I walking the bus stop I heard some yelling saying ‘’there he is get him’’ I ran for my life but there was to many of them they reached up to me and for the second time beat very badly. I had tried to seek help from the police, but sadly didn’t really do anything. Somehow word about me going to the police got back to the group and they had found out. I thought after my last beating they were done with me, but as soon as they heard about the police, they broke into my house very late at night, I heard the loud noise of my door being kicked in and woke up, and they stormed into my room and shot me. Luckily I survived. In fear of my life, I instantly moved out of that area and went into hiding. I had heard of leaving and going to Australia by boat. I knew how safe Australia was and figured this was my only option to stay alive. I had organised to join a couple of people to go to Australia by boat. My long journey to Australia had now started. The minute I got on that boat, I felt an instant relief, freedom and safety. The long journey to Australia took 14 days. The trip was definitely an experience. Being out in sea, with no access to a toilet, bed and basically no human interaction apart form the other people on the boat and the environment of the ocean. We hardly slept for the 14 days, we did have a supply of adequate food but we were getting very lethargic and exhausted, but by the time we landed in Australia it was all worth it. When I landed in the Australian border I got taken to a detention centre in Cocos Island. I stayed here for 2 nights. A detention centre is not a playground to be free, but for me this was freedom enough. I was out of Sri Lanka away from the group I was now in safe hands. My first impressions of the detention centre was safe and secure, but I felt very locked up, but it was my only first night being in a detention centre. The staff were nice. I didn’t’ see any corruption or miss treating of detainees. I was treated with care and this was my first encounter with Australian people. It may have been in lock up, but I felt safe and secure and treated well be staff. I stayed here for two nights, then I got transferred, to Christmas Island to anther detention. I stayed here for 1 month. I got interviewed a lot and asked lots of questions about my situation. I met lots of people in here, I got to share my story and learnt different stories about other people. The detainees were treated very well. We were fed, had a bed to sleep in, access to clean hygienic necessities, but we also locked up. I felt very enclosed and lonely. As time was passing being locked up in detention was taking a toll on me mentally. After 1 month I was moved to Darwin to a detention there. I was wondering what happen with. It was all a waiting game. I tried to keep myself distracted. I already knew basic English, but I learnt more here, and I got a chance to learn more about Australia. After staying here for 2 months, I was then transferred to a detention centre in Weipa Queensland. Finally this was my last detention centre. I stayed here for 1 month until I was finally released into society in Brisbane. This was first taste of what Australia was. I think for most people they have a lot of appreciation for this beautiful country. Everything was so well developed, I got a very warm happy feeling. The environment was very pleasant to be in. Everything about Australia was just clean, well developed and the people were great. I linked in with Multicultural Development Association, also known as MDA. MDA helped me with settling into Australia. The government helped me with social benefits from Centrelink. I got linked in with Medicare, set up a bank account. I was shocked at how well the government help people. I knew that Australia had a lot of opportunities in all aspects but to see it and experience was great. I love the Australian culture and I felt like I instantly fit into society. The people here are just so friendly and compassionate. I felt welcomed by every part of Australia, the people, the government and agencies. Australia culture is a very different to Sri Lankan, Australian culture is very laid back, which made it very easy for me to fit in. I got out there and started meeting new friends, both Sri Lankan and Australian. I loved Australia. I was safe and I saw he very big differences in culture and society with Sri Lanka and Australia I took advantage of the many advantages here and got my first job as a salesman. Then got into sales marketing in shopping centre car parks. I then started working as a cleaner at a university. I then landed work in Whitsunday in tourism. I enjoyed my job here. I was very passionate about my work. I went on to excel in my job. I won awards and I could feel a big change in myself. I was suffering from a bit of PTSD and anxiety from my incidents in Sri Lanka, but this job changed me in many ways. It distracted me from the trauma and flashbacks. I was focused on my job, I excelled, I went on to win awards from my work, I gained a lot of self-confidence and self-motivation to excel even more and do better, not just in my work life but in my life as a whole. I sought counselling for my PTSD issues, and it really helped me in many ways. The opportunities in Australia are massive. I got a bigger chance of a better life here in Australia than I would have ever had. Not just work wise, but in life all together. Australia is very fair when it comes to working and pay, it is enough to live on, whereas in Sri Lanka it is only little pay and only just a little bit to get by. Australia is an amazing fair country that counters to all peoples needs and there is access to all types of services in to help everyone. Australia is a great country where living is very fair and easy to live. I think that everyone that comes to Australia loves this country, for its, people, culture, and society. Although my case is still ongoing, Australia has saved me. It has kept me safe and has given me hope for my life.
  3. 5 points
    I can tell you that moving to Australia from the United Kingdom is one of the best decisions I have made in my life. No doubt, I had a great time living and working in the United Kingdom, it gave me the best education with its standard education system, and you cannot doubt the standard of living in the United Kingdom, but I needed some change in my life, something thrilling and different from the United Kingdom and I chose Australia. I am going to highlight something you will need to know about moving to Australia from what I have experienced living in Australia for the past six years. And I am sure this will help you make up your mind about moving to Australia. Securing Your VISA In my experience and as a citizen of the United Kingdom, obtaining my VISA was an easy process, and the VISA was awarded by the Australian government. You can visit the Australia embassy in the United Kingdom to get more information, and I assure you that it will run smoothly. Australia is a country that welcome immigrant especially expatriates that are willing to work. This is because there are enough jobs opportunity available in the country and the government needs the expatriate to boost the economy. Living In Australia is Like Being On A Vacation Australia is the seventh largest country in the world, and I can tell you that the country has beautiful landmass, dominated by natural beauty and scene. It like being on vacation, living and working in Australia, You wake up to the fresh breath of air unlike the overpopulated and polluted cities in most of Europe. I can tell you that the environment is one of the main reasons I choose to relocate to Australia and that reason has been justified since moving to this country six years ago. The country is an island surrounded by the ocean, and you have lots of beach, resorts and beautiful place to relax and have fun. Since moving to Australia, I have enjoyed and come to understand the meaning of the great outdoors. I enjoy great outdoor activities like fishing, viewing the wildlife, mountain climbing and other activities nature has to offer. Living in Australia is different from living in the United Kingdom; I have become very in tune with nature and appreciated what nature has to offer. It has some spiritual impact on my life also as I have come to appreciate some of the little things in life such as the singing of the birds, insect singing at night and the smell of flowers as well. It Offers Job Opportunities And Have A Thriving Economy With the present economic situation in the world, Australia is a country that still has enough jobs to offer to immigrants coming to the country. Australia boost of one of the lowest rate of unemployment in the world and when I moved here I had a job waiting for me, and more than 90% of the immigrants I have met here are working, all of them at different skills and level of expertise. The economy of Australia is one of the most stable and biggest in the world, it is a very wealthy nation and stand toe to toe with countries like Switzerland. It is a developed nation, so you have all the necessary amenities that made the standard of living high in the United Kingdom. There Is Relatively Safety Living in Australia The life expectancy living in Australia is very high with good and quality standard of living. There is low-stress level living in Australia as people seem to enjoy living and working in this country. The crime rate is relatively low compared to some other part of the world as you can only hear of minor crimes and they are few in between in the country. When it comes to safety, I have traveled to many parts of the world, and I think Australia is one of the safest locations in the world, as most people are employed, and there is a culture that frowns against crime. The Purchasing Power In Australia As I said, that I will mention some things you have to know relocating to Australia from the United Kingdom, well, living in Australia is less expensive than living in the United Kingdom when it comes to certain utilities. I will have to admit that common things are less expensive in Australia than the United Kingdom, as the price of a Toyota corolla in the United Kingdom is over £18 000 is a little £14 000 in Australia and a meal at a restaurant goes for £12.00 in the United Kingdom and £10.89 in Australia. So if you compare the prices of most stuff in the United Kingdom to that of Australia, it is less expensive living in Australia compared to living in the United Kingdom. However, in Australia prices in restaurants are cheaper than that in the United Kingdom, while local purchasing power is higher in Australia than the United Kingdom according to statistics. The Australian economy has an edge in that Australian has more purchasing power over the United Kingdom, thus you can buy things easily here in Australia. The People Living In Australia When I moved to Australia, I thought I would engage a tremendous cultural change, but contrary to what I expected, I noticed many things are British like. This is because, during the colonization period, the British encouraged most of its citizens to move to Australia. Thus the British culture remains relevant in the country. And also, in Australia, you will find a significant number of foreigners as I have mentioned earlier, the country is very open to immigrants. So you will meet up with people of various culture and tradition. The people of Australia are very happy and welcoming people; they are very cordial to people visiting the country. And they like to share their culture and traditions with foreigners, as they welcome you to take part in their traditional activities and making you feel part of the community. I will encourage you to move to Australia and come and enjoy the best that nature has to offer, in a secure and safe location. Everyday life in Australia is like a holiday, and with its relative safety and stable economy, you can plan your future in peace. You should look on more fact on www.pomsinoz.com as I found it very useful in making research when planning my relocation to Australia.
  4. 4 points
    Anyone from overseas with at least a passing interest in Australia probably at some point has watched the Australian beach-side soap opera 'Home and Away'. For those of you that haven’t it is set in the small,fictional town of Summer Bay which has an unusually high proportion of good looking people, a disproportionate amount of drama for its relatively small population and a woefully inept local police force according to my wife. The show is a huge hit overseas as it gives a glimpse of an idyllic Australian beachside existence that many in the UK and across the world can only dream of. Which begs the question...how real is it? I mean, obviously it’s a fictional series, but there is always a degree of fact that gets stretched by even the best TV writers. So is it real or not? Well, like anything of this nature, the answer is yes and no. Yes, this beautiful beach-side existence is real and it is still out there for you to find and enjoy. There are still so many small, relatively untouched, beautiful beach-side towns dotted right around the Australian coastline in a country where 90% of its population lives within 90 minutes of the beach. Yes they are disproportionately full of good looking, fit people who spend as much time as they can either surfing or walking along the beach nonchalantly throwing sticks as they go. Yes there are plenty of surf clubs like the legendary Summer Bay Surf club which are in many ways the social backbone of these communities, bringing with them their self-styled beachside culture enforcers such as the Home and Away stalwart Alf Stewart. Some of these real places are almost impossibly beautiful and laid back. Even as I write this, I can almost hear the sounds of thousands of people simultaneously packing their houses up and filling out their visa applications to head to Australia, possibly permanently. But before you pack that last set of beach towels and lock the door for the last time, keep in mind that there are a few downsides. First of all, you aren’t the first people to work this out. Australians worked it out a long time ago and have beaten you to the best spots. In fact, Palm Beach, the outer northern Sydney beachside suburb where Home and Away is filmed, is more full of ferrari-driving multi-millionaires than people living in a caravan park. According to realestate.com.au Palm Beach’s average house price sits at A$2.7 million or about 1.5 million pounds sterling. Not exactly shabby. Beachside suburbs in Sydney are ridiculously expensive, relegating most foreigners who visit or live there to units. Popular suburbs in Australia for ex-pats include Bondi, Coogee, Clovelly, Manly and Cronulla in Sydney, The Entrance on the NSW Central Coast, Byron Bay in northern NSW, St Kilda in Melbourne, Glenelg in Adelaide, Fremantle in Perth and the aptly named Surfers Paradise in Queensland. Not only are they full of tourists, they are full of hopeful migrants, Australians who haven’t grown up there and a smattering of smug locals who bought when prices were still remotely affordable and have watch their property values skyrocket. In fact, beach-side suburbs in Sydney’s prime Eastern Suburbs were once quite affordable, thanks to the Japanese navy which had actually shelled these areas with midget subs during World War 2. The rebound impact of this was that it actually made them so affordable that many European migrants moved there in the 1950s and made an absolute killing when they became prime real estate towards the end of the 20th Century and beyond. For the average Sydneysider though, these beach-side suburbs are only visited a handful of times each year and it is not uncommon for busloads of ethnic Sydney kids to visit them on school excursions complete with a genuine excitement of seeing the beach for the first time, despite only leaving within 60-90 minutes from it. Life in these suburbs is quite expensive, even for the most basic things. It even inspired the mockumentary Avalon Now where locals routinely queue up to pay $100 for a soy latte and a bunch of kale as their car gets towed away because it is double parked amid the hordes of beach-side tourists competing for parking spots. So once you do manage to sell everything to get to this beach-side paradise, don’t expect the locals to exactly throw out the welcome mat until you have either been there for three generations or become involved in the local surf club. Despite all of this, it is still worth the effort to live or stay in one of these areas, even for a short time. Then go back home and work out a desperate plan to get enough money to live there full time. In a beautiful beach-side unit next to the local cafe and surf club. I know that’s what I’m doing...
  5. 4 points
    Being a 30 year old male, who has been living in Australia for the last 1/3rd of his life, I can safely say I love the country and prefer it over India – my birthplace and my homeland. I finished my Bachelors in Engineering back in India and was looking for options for places to pursue further studies and that offered future opportunities to develop a career. A good friend of mine suggested Australia as a fair land that offered multiple options and opportunities. I started researching about Australia on the internet, came across a lot of websites offering tons of information on Australia and what to expect once here. I distinctly remember a website www.pomsinoz.com that was super detailed and answered most of my questions to a great extent. The entire process of applying to universities and for a student visa was very simple and that’s when www.pomsinoz.com came in very handy. The best things I love about the country are fairness, multiple and varied opportunities, the welcoming attitude of people you meet, the political system, the influence and actions of police, the judicial system, the abundance of nature beauty the country offers and thousands of kilometres of the coastline. Ever since I have been here, the university I went, the part-time jobs I have had over time, whether it be working in hospitality or working the graveyard shift at a petrol station or working in a cleaning role, I have never had a bad racial experience, being a brown-skinned guy in a foreign country. I have always felt welcome and never had any negative experiences. In my current white collar job as an Operations Analyst, I feel very welcome, respected and listened to. I always get a fair say in the office and my opinions and ideas are considered with the importance that they deserve. In India, you are only respected if you have a Government job or if you are a doctor. Other professions are not given the importance and respect that they deserve. In contrast, Australia regards all professions equally and provides everyone a fair chance to earn money and provide for their family I love the sense of security that Australia offers via enforcement of the laws and rules and a fair judicial system. Unlike India, when I see a police officer around in Australia I feel safe and secure. I love the fact that the police are honest and not prone to bribery which is a huge issue back in India. I love how the people here are very obedient of the laws. For e.g. I have seen people stopping at a red light at 2am even when there is absolutely no one else on the roads. The Judicial system here is fair and super quick at arriving at a decision whereby in India, cases drag on for tens of years and most of the time never get resolved. I absolutely love the 5-day work week culture here as compared to the 6-day or sometimes 7-day work week back in India. The shorter work week gives everyone a chance to relax, rejuvenate and mingle with friends and family. This encourages better performance at work and thus a better output and results compared to someone working every single day without a break. I love the fact that the Aussies know how to relax whether it be gathering at a barbeque or going out for a couple of drinks or partying hard once in a while. I am proud of having very good Aussie friends who treat me as one of their own and not a migrant. Another thing I love about this place is the social events and gatherings that are organised. There is something available for everyone’s interests. Many events are kid-friendly and really entertaining. A lot of these happen in one of the many parks and gardens. These are very well maintained and a delight to hang out in. I love how Australia has a great sporting culture participating in so many different kinds of sports. All sports get their own importance and fans who follow them religiously. As compared to India where Cricket is only sport they know of. I like how Australians follow sports and encourage kids to participate in sports from a very early age thus promoting health and well-being in kids. And lastly, the best thing I love about Australia is the abundance of natural beauty Australia has to offer. Driving on the Great Ocean Road, camping at Warrnambool or the Grampians, skiing on Mt Buller, climbing up the Sydney Harbour Bridge, trekking in the Blue Mountains, wine tasting in the Barossa Valley, travelling on the Spirit of Tasmania are only some of the activities I have done and have been amazed with the beauty of everything. There’s lots more to do and I cannot wait to experience more different activities.
  6. 4 points
    Bolivia… that’s in Europe Right? “I thought it was in Africa?” “It’s in the South of Europe I think?” “Ah that’s next to Cuba!” Migration is difficult. Especially when it’s from a small land-locked country no one really thinks about, or even knows what continent it’s located in. A country where the hours are completely far apart, and a 3 day journey plus $2, 000 ticket is the price to pay for a visit home. It’s a long journey, but every trip to and back is worth the work. Immigration is difficult for everyone, and it was incredibly difficult for my family over 30 years ago. Bolivia is a land-locked country located in the heart of South America. The languages spoken there are Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. There is a distance of 13,321Km between Bolivia and Sydney, and the time difference is approximately 13 hours. These are all facts I grew up knowing, in order to keep connected to my country and to my family overseas. When my parents arrived here for the first time, they knew little to no English, they didn’t have internet access, and had difficulty finding jobs. My mother was raising my older brother and sister, who where toddlers at the time, whilst my father went out to look for labouring jobs. There is an incredibly strange feeling, arriving on an alien content, where everyone stares at you for doing things you find normal, where everyone thinks talking louder will help you understand them. That feeling wasn’t good - it was lonely. My parents worked hard through the 1990s and booked a trip home. During the 3 year stay home, I was born, my grandfather passed away, and my parent’s realised how important an English speaking country would be for their children's’ future. My brother and I both had asthma, whilst my sister suffered from a vision disorder. At 15, 12, and 3 years of age, my parents took us all to the country where they had felt lonely for the longest time, in hopes of staying and creating a bigger life for us all together. The alien planet still existed when we arrived. I didn’t want to speak English. I stubbornly refused, I wasn’t familiar with anything. However, having my older siblings encourage me to watch cartoons in English helped me subconsciously. It was a lot more difficult for them as they where older, and hadn’t practised English in a long time. My family encouraged me to learn to my full potential, taking me to libraries and play groups. I became incredibly advanced for my age, skipping pre-school all together and entering into a gifted program when I started kindergarten. Migration has always forced us to work hard, to be able to accomplish everything we’ve wanted to as we have the opportunity to by living in this country. By that age, my elder brother began working part-time, doing everything to help my parent’s afford the rent. A small apartment in the Western Suburbs, close enough to shops, hospitals and schools, but far enough that my father took hours to travel to-and-from work. Despite all the labouring jobs, I was never ashamed of anything my parent’s worked as, because each of their jobs where done out of love, and it’s something I appreciate to this day. Since money was tight, we enjoyed activities as a family that involved trips and adventures to different national parks. Despite coming from a country with no ocean, we did adapt that very quickly. Fishing was a favourite pastime amongst out family. Where my father would wake us up at 5am on a Saturday morning and tell us to get dressed and pack towels, we didn’t question where we would go, we just went. Over all those years of adventures, I discovered so many hidden beaches, so many tiny coves where the water is clear, and beautiful, and the sand is warm. We discovered areas where you can catch a specific type of fish, areas where there are a lot of crab, and meet a lot of other migrants and their families doing the same things. The diversity of the country still astounds me in the best way. There are so many people from all over the world coming to the country, sharing their own culture, and allowing us to learn from them as well. European, and Asian migrants especially, there is so much community between immigrants in general and it’s so easy to befriend others who have been on the same journey. The diversity and freedom to learn and celebrate another culture is something so beautiful that can only be found in Australia. The Latino community in Sydney’s Western Suburbs is minimal. All migrants tend to find people who speak their language, who know their customs and norms. There aren’t many Bolivians in Sydney, if there are, there is a big chance I already know them. Because of that, most South Americans’ would befriend each other, with a similar shared experience. Here was a community where we could share our traditions together, share our language, music, and food. Despite all the distance, there was so much community it made us feel right at home. As time went on, each of us adapted to the country that helped us in so many ways. Spanglish is still the most common language spoken at home. The internet, phone cards, and WhatsApp have been a powerful array of tools to help us talk to our family no matter what the distance is. Every time I speak to friends overseas, I tell them all the adventures I plan to take them on once they arrive. To all the parks, the beaches, and iconic landmarks that my family discovered in our earliest days in the country. To all the places that helped us belong a little bit more. I am very proud to be Bolivian, but I am also very proud to have grown up in this beautiful, diverse, country that I can also call home.
  7. 4 points
    I was 11 when I moved to Australia with my family. Now I’m sure I can vouch for Indians, living in Australia is like a holiday. A cleaner, less polluted, far more less corrupt country, a fair, just salary and the list goes on for the many amazing benefits of living in Australia. My family and I resided in Tamil Nadu in South India. We immigrated to Australia in 2004 through. My Father bought my family to Australia on an Independent skilled visa My family decided that moving to Australia would give me and my sister better tertiary education and a much better lifestyle, opportunities and facilities than India ever could. Now if you are Indian you understand exactly this situation. I was only 11 but I fully understood the extent in all aspects in moving from a very underdeveloped country to a beautiful well developed country. My Father said to us, ‘’this will be just like an experiment to see if we like the Australian life style’’ We had heard only good things about Australia. We heard that it was clean, not corrupt, little homelessness, safe, everyone was treated the same no matter what gender. In India, not all parts, there are some very well developed parts but a lot of it is all full of corruption, genders are not treated equally as they are here in Australia. In India women are put down lower than men, and have lesser opportunities for work and education, and just all round female culture compared to female culture in Australia is completely different. In Australia women are treated equal, and that would be probably one of the highlights for me. I may have moved to Australia when I was young but I still do have Indian culture with my family and some parts of the Indian community in Australia, so I can talk from a standing point as and Indian child that immigrated to Australia and lived and grown up in Australia, and I have adjusted my Indian culture to fit into the Australian cultural way of life. We came to Australia and we took in what my Father had said to us, so we just took it as a holiday. The moment we stepped into Australia we moved to Brisbane, it was like a breath of fresh air. It was so clean, there people just minded their own business, which was refreshing because Indians sometimes have a tendency to stare at people and not mind their own business. We were shocked to so many random smiles from people we didn’t even know. I think I can speak for my family that this instantly felt like home. The holiday feeling had gone and we were all so excited, but at the same time we couldn’t make the ultimate statement and say this is home, as there was a lot of cultural differences and customs that we had to get accustomed to. As I was only young I can’t give advice on Indians or other nationalities moving to Australia as a student or an adult, but I can speak from a point of view of as Indian in particular or a another nationality and how I adjusted to Australian customs and culture. Australia has given my family hope and a much better life than we could have ever imagined. As my family was Indian we still held our Indians views, culture and customs. The person that found it the most hardest to get used to Australian culture was Mum. As I said we all loved Australia once we came here, my Mum included, but being the very cultural Indian women she was you could she had a bit of a culture shock. I remember my Mum arriving in Australia wearing her saree and catching the taxi and seeing many Australia women wearing shorts, singlets, skirts and dresses above your knees it was quite different for us me included, as you would never see an Indian women wearing any of the clothing that here in Australia, because we weren’t allowed to in India we have a certain dress code that women have to follow and aren’t allowed to cross. We would see the odd foreigners in India dressing this way but to see in real life was very strange and different. When we came to Australia it was the Christmas holidays so we had a chance to learn a bit more of the Australian culture and learn more about this country we would call home before we had to get enrolled a school. My Dad had an Australian Indian friend that had lived in Australia for 22 years so he helped us a lot in enrolling in schools, finding accommodation bank accounts, immigration etc. He linked us in with some multi-cultural companies that would help us with all our needs us well. My Dad’s friend had introduced us to some Indian communities and some Australian people. The people in the India community here very different to how Indian people are in India. All I am speaking of now is as an adult now rather than my actual thoughts or feelings than as a child as I now understand and can explain my thoughts now that I am older. The Indian people here seemed a lot better spoken and more educated than in India, to me at the time I thought they were very strange because I was used to seeing Indians as very closed off and somewhat arrogant, but the Indians here just minded their own business and were very down to earth, which was very odd to see in Indian person. The Australian people we had met, I should add that my sister and I went to international school so we knew some English and was ore fluent in English than my Mum and Dad so we translated and the would have to ask bus drivers, train, shops questions on behalf of our parents. The Australian people my Dad’s friends were just so lovely, they were so welcoming and were very eager to know of India and our culture. One of the best things about the Australia culture is that it such an open culturally diverse country, so that’s definitely one of the beauties of Australia, the different cultures and races, just the multi-culturalism of Australia is just beautiful. The people here in Australia here in Australia are just so down to earth so open minded, they have some of the most caring hearts in this planets. Feeling welcomed to Australia was just exceptional. My family had no issues in feeling welcomed here, the government organisations that we were linked with helped us so much, and helped us from the bottom of their hearts not just as a job, which is sadly the sometimes the cases in India workers work just for money and for the title of their job, but here workers do it for the love of their job and the community. We didn’t experience any racism or negativity when adjusting to Australia. When we moved into our new house the neighbours were lovely and minded their own business where as in India there’s a lot of gossiping around neighbours and villages. For my sister and I there wasn’t much problem in adjusting into Australian customs and cultures. For my Mum as she had lived in India all her life as a traditional Indian women, and she was used to the general Indian wife/mother duties, but the good thing about my parents, my Dad in particular he was very opened minded and understand that were now living in a new country with different laws, cultures and customs, so he was really calm and understanding with my Mum. My Mum was a little bit lost at first as the culture was just completely the other way round. My Dad had told her to let lose a bit and to not feel so guarded and that she wasn’t expected to live fully under the cultural ways of an Indian women, which is very different. Indian women are a lot more labelled as the house wife/mother that cooks, cleans and looks after the kids and house. India women don’t generally smoke and drink like men do especially in public spaces in India, in Australia women are smoking anywhere, drinking in bars etc., wearing less restricted clothing, so for my Mum it was a bit hard to fit in and get used to Australia. I remember she would wear a saree for most laces she went. She went to English class and her English was getting more fluent. Slowly you could see a big change in her whole persona. We would often get invited to our neighbours for dinner and I remember she would often wear saree’s, in her mind it was like a party or like a very fancy dinner so she would treat it like that and war a saree. Until she gradually started changing her clothes from saree’s to salwar’s which a very traditional Indian dress. When going out my Mum would get me or my sister to translate, but as time passed she got more confident in her English and her style had turned more western her whole attitude turned from the cultural Indian Mum we were used to this a little bit in a way less strict cultural Mother. She was slowly starting to adjust and get used to the Australian way of life. School was very different to India. It was cleaner, actually everything in Australia was cleaner, shops, trains, busses it was all so clean. The kids were very open minded for their age. They were so interested in who I was and where I was from. They were very nice and I made lots of friends easily. I think this is where I first encountered racism you know how kids can be very cruel at this age and tend to not have a filter. That was personally the only negativity I received in Australian society. As I got older though I did start to see a bit of racism and a bit of cultural implications as I was growing up as an Indian girl in Australia. My dress expectations were a bit hard as we I getting to that stage where girls start to change their looks and dress style. I still had the Indian respect but I didn’t know how to present myself, is it wrong for me to dress in the accepted outfits of tight skin skirts and dresses and shorts and go against my culture and traditions, or fit it and wear how I like. My parents were not strict on how dressed but they did except some level of Indian culture at other Indian events, parties or dinners. For me I found problems when I got to my teen and early adulthood stage as I was still figuring out who I am and where I fit in. I still had my Indian customs and cultures and I would dress according to events, uni I would wear just casual clothes, shopping and going out with friends would be a mix of casual clothes and the occasional modest shorts and skirts. I figured I was worrying to much about my culture and how to act as an Indian woman forgetting I’m living in Australia. I worried too much on my attitudes and presenting myself as a cultural Indian woman, but for me it was not working as I was not being myself, and people around me could tell. I found when I didn’t worry about to much of my Indian culture and customs, well of course I would have to on some level but not to let it take over you. I think us Indians living in Australia we have a lot of exceptions of Indian customs and restrictions and we are living too much like we are in India in Australia. That’s the beauty of Australia it so open and free and you don’t have all these expectations to live by. Everyone is fair. The advice I can give to fellow Indian or other nationalities moving to Australia is, by all means keep your culture and customs but do not go to bed with it. Be open to new things. I found asking lots of questions people wold love to answer and give me lots of advice and cool tips about the Australian way of life. Ask questions and take advantage of the many career opportunities rather than just centrelink. Most of the newly immigrated families and individuals that come her, come here for a better chance at life in many aspects that would not have a chance at in India or other countries. Australia is a chance and opportunity, it is not just a treat it is a privilege. Get out try new things. Enjoy the beautiful clean beaches, the beautiful environment. Meet new people of different parts of the world living in Australia. The Indian community in Australia is quite large, and there are many Indian meet up groups, where you can meet fellow Indians living in Australia. I am living in Brisbane and for any Brisbane readers that have just moved here not just Indians all nationalities, if you reside in Brisbane, chances are you’re or you’ve been linked in with MDA (Multi-Cultural Association), if you aren’t or haven’t been with them then I highly recommend them. They are fantastic and helped me and my family so much. They can help with accommodation, connecting with centrelink, they run courses like hospitality, which I completed through them, they run many free course options, counselling and they just help with general newly immigrated or if you haven’t got your visa yet they can help. They have many resources and that help people that have just come to Australia. Don’t take your life here in Australia for granted, be grateful you live in such a well-developed safe country. Make the most of it. Study, focus on your career let the advantages of the Australian education and work force to achieve your goals in your career and life. I am forever grateful for my Dad’s choice to immigrate here. Australia has given me so much hope and amazing times and memories. Moving to a different country can be scary and unpredictable. I can say us an Indian to other Indians please let go any worries about culture or customs in living in Australia. First of all of you want to live in Australia with your set hold Indian customs by all means do that, the great thing about Australia it is a multi-cultural country so here are millions of other nationalities living and a crap load of Indians. Most people don’t judge here so don’t be afraid to keep your long held Indian culture in how you act in society. To be honest no one pays attention and the majority don’t care. If you want to come here and live a bit differently than you do in India and you feel more comfortable with the Australian culture then be free. Just be yourself, and don’t worry about what other people think. Make the most of Australia and appreciate its culture and customs and respect and appreciate it as a country.
  8. 3 points
    When I was asked why I loved Australia, my mind instantly thought of the weather, the glorious sun shining for most of the year and the golden sandy beaches. But Australia has become so much more than that to me, it’s become my home and the people here have become my community. Don't mistake me for saying the coastline isn’t one of the most glorious things I have ever seen, especially at sunset but there is so much more here to see! When I moved to Australia seven years ago I thought I’d be here for a year or two, earn some good money and go home again. But here I am after all this time settled into a beautiful home and engaged to an Australian! My experiences in this beautiful country have taken me all over the state of NSW, up to the scorching Gold Coast and Brisbane, down to the creative and artsy Melbourne and to the nation’s capital on a regular basis, even smaller coastal towns such as Coffs harbour The drive to Canberra is one of the best ways to see a bit of everything! Starting in Sydney you see the hustle and bustle of the city life, the long stretching highways, the build up of traffic, the different cultures through the western suburbs of Sydney, and then suddenly the long highway takes you into the wide open air! You are cruising along at 110km looking at beautiful bush land, wide open fields with kangaroos bouncing around and suddenly you feel like you’re so far away from the city! When arriving in Canberra it’s like being in a small coastal town with no coast! The people here are so friendly and relaxed, willing to help you with directions or a flat tyre or anything you may need! Below is a picture I took on my most recent visit to Canberra from my hotel room. I also have a silly picture of my first journey to Canberra in 2011 when I first arrived in Australia and this is taken at The Great Dry Lake George. Which is exactly what it sounds like, a big lake that is no more and now lays a sometimes rain filled sometimes dry for the kangaroos to lay around on! Speaking of kangaroos, all those little grey specs are kangaroos! The people are one of the biggest reasons I stayed here, as well as job opportunities! The people of Queensland that I encountered were so relaxed it was like they were on permanent holidays, the shops were wonderfully quiet and the tourist attractions were what we expected! The theme parks on the Gold Coast are a must visit for anyone travelling to this part of Australia! Young and Old will enjoy their time here with plenty of shops and attractions as well as rides for thrill seekers. Below is a picture from my most recent visit to the Gold Coast in the evening I have also a picture of the tropical hotel I stayed in The people of Melbourne were so different to anywhere I’d seen before, they are outspoken, passionate and proud and LOVE their coffee and coffee houses! The place is beautiful with art everywhere, interesting places to visit and of course a beautiful coastline as well! I didn't have much time to take pictures of all the wonderful art while in Melbourne as I was too distracted with the sights to get out my phone but I have two pictures one from the Aquarium we visited and one from the river bank we ate our lunch on. Where I live in Sydney is very multi cultural, it’s very diverse in shopping and eating facilities and this acceptance of everyone’s cultures is what makes it home to me now! Here is a photo from my balcony The other reason I stayed as mentioned before is the job opportunities. Here in Australia you can be whatever you dream of being, from a teacher to a builder, from a nurse to a road worker, every single field you can dream of has an entry level position where if you work hard and succeed you have so many opportunities to climb the ladder and grow as an employee. The government here also helps greatly with training and development options. Or if you already have the qualifications they are recognized here and you can go into a position higher than entry level. All the jobs I have had here in Sydney have paid me well, and rewarded me for my hard work. If you have the right attitude towards work then Australians respect that. I haven’t been “home” to New Zealand in a very long time and as I look into the future the reasons to go back dwindle, as each day I build my life here with more confidence and love for everything I’ve come to know here in Australia. And yes the sunshine is wonderful but the people and opportunities are more wonderful!
  9. 3 points
    What I Love About Australia Hi there. My name is Fatima Khan, I am a migrant from Pakistan and currently reside in Sydney. I am now a permanent resident of Australia, married and have started a family. Here’s my story! When I was living in Pakistan, I just knew it wasn’t the place where I could pursue my dreams and aspirations. I wanted to improve my education, career and lifestyle. There were many problems living in Pakistan such a transportation, quality of education being delivered, pollution, lack of freedom, economic instability, political issues, etc. I then started to do some research and landed on this website Pomsinoz.com. It gave me all the information I needed to kick-start my future dreams. I browsed through different articles and forums relating to international students in Australia and found many useful resources available to help me migrate to Australia. I chose to live and study in Australia due to the fact that I could acquire quality education from a prestigious institution and live a better life. I then finally applied for my student visa back in 2012 and I got my student visa grant approval. That was certainly one of the best days of my life as I strongly believed that my life was going to change for the better. When I came to Australia, it was absolutely amazing to be part of such a friendly society and culture. Almost everyone here in Australia greets you with a friendly smile and respects diversity. The weather in Australia is so amazing, I mostly can never complain about it. In most of the areas you get to enjoy sunny climates and mild winters which is just perfect for outdoor activities. I was also surprised to see that there are many recycling and environmental initiatives in place to create a more sustainable and healthier atmosphere. When it comes to daily transportation, there are many options available such as the train, bus and ferry services which makes life just so much easier and quicker. I was able to get to university and work right on time. There are also many places to visit such as landmarks, beaches, restaurants, museums, zoos, water parks, theme parks, etc. The first place I visited in Australia was Luna Amusement Theme Park located in the heart of Sydney. It was so much fun and the Park had a Ferris wheel, thrill rides, bumper cars and much more. I also got to see the Sydney Opera House and The Harbour Bridge on the same day. I had such an unforgettable and enjoyable experience. When I went to university all of my teachers and classmates were very welcoming, kind and helpful. This made it much easier for me to adapt to the learning environment, different teaching styles and new curriculum/syllabus. I had a very pleasant journey completing my degree and made lots of new friends along the way which also included meeting my future spouse in Australia. We fell in love and got married in 2014 and I then moved from being on a student visa to a spouse visa! Again Pomsinoz.com came to the rescue for me to gain useful information/insights on how to smoothly transition from being on a student visa to a spouse visa to then becoming a Permanent Resident of Australia! I love Australia as there are just endless options and opportunities for everyone here whether when it comes to finding the right educational course or finding a career that best suits your skills and qualifications. There are also many part-time and casual jobs available around Australia that makes it easier to earn some extra cash. Being a resident, you can gain access to many benefits such as Private health insurance, Government support, Childcare and Medicare, which is such an advantage to have. My husband and I live very close to the beach with our daughter and reside in a beautiful suburb in Northern Sydney. I absolutely am in love with the wonderful beach life culture here in Australia which I just cannot get back in Pakistan. We have many friends from different backgrounds and love how Australia is so multicultural and diverse. We get to attend different events and festival activities from time to time such as Vivid Sydney. In terms of leisure, accommodation, career growth, education, rules, safety, security, stability, healthcare, etc. I would certainly say the standard of living in Australia as compared to Pakistan is much more advanced and improved. There are many facilities and services that we can have access to that improves our lifestyle. I am very fortunate to be part of such a beautiful country and having countless opportunities available that in real talk would be very difficult to attain back in Pakistan and in other countries. In conclusion, I can definitely say that ever since I migrated to Australia, I have experienced a better and positive change in my way of life and would highly recommend others to also experience the wonderful life Australia.
  10. 3 points
    What to Bring to Australia One of the questions we all ask ourselves is should we bring our furniture or not. Personally we didn't we sold everything and arrived in the country with 5 suitcases. Do I regret it, yes and no. Leave Everything Behind Pro You can sell your belongings and make some money for the move. Great excuse for a clean out You don't have the costs involved There is no waiting 12 weeks for your furniture to arrive No risk of items being damaged You can buy furniture to fit in to your new house You can start shopping immediately Cons We only tend to acknowledge our large items and forget all the small things It gets expensive buying all the little items like pans, bedding, towels, and coat hangers. You have to do numerous car boot sales Cost of buying new Bring everything with you Pro You have all your personal belongings around you You don't have to worry about buying new furniture It's cheaper in the long run Cons You have to wait around 12 weeks for items to arrive Cost Risk of loss or damage Items may not fit in to your new house You may not have enough furniture. Out of all the pros and cons the main issue we see coming up from members who ship is members waiting for their furniture to arrive. 12 weeks is a long time to go at either end without your belongings. Below are some ideas of how our members have managed. One month prior to your flight move in with relatives and send your good on their way. Once you arrive in Australia go in to a holiday rental while you start looking for a rental and then move in when your furniture arrives. Send your good the day before your flight once you arrive in Australia book a holiday rental until you have a rental sorted. Now with either of the above options you are going to be left without furniture at some point during the move. You could look at purchasing garden furniture to use as a dining table and sofa. A BBQ to cook on, and air mattresses to sleep on. You could also purchase, bedding, pots and pans from the charity shops to put you on. Hiring furniture is another option, however, it is an expensive one. Here is a price list for hiring furniture for a 2 bed property. Please also note they usually charge a delivery and take away fee on top that can be around $250. Two Bedroom Package The two bedroom pack can be tailored to accommodate a family of 4 or a couple. Select the bed combination you require and then add extra packs as required. Select the rental term and packs to display weekly rental price MAKE YOUR SELECTION AND CLICK SUBMIT Select Pack 2 Bedroom (4 Person) Package 1-2 Months 3 Months 6 Months 12 Months Furniture 1 x lounge suite; 1 x coffee table; 1 x dining setting; 1 x entertainment unit; 1 x queen bed ensemble; 2 x single bed ensemble or * 1 x queen bed ensemble; 3 x bedside tables; 3 x bedside lamps. 271.00 per week 171.00 per week 134.00 per week 113.00 per week Electrical 1 x fridge (300 - 350 ltr); 1 x microwave; 1 x washing machine (5 kg); 1 x LCD television (100 cm). 62.00 per week 46.00 per week 30.00 per week 24.00 per week Kitchen 1 x kitchen utensils; 1 x kitchen knives; 2 x crockery setting (20 pce); 2 x cutlery set (20 pce); 2 x drinking glasses (set of 4); 1 x wine glasses (set of 4): 1 x pot set (set of 5); 1 x mixing bowl (set of 3); 1 x chopping board; 1 x toaster; 1 x kettle; 1 x kitchen bin. 48.00 per week 26.00 per week 19.00 per week 14.00 per week Laundry 1 x steam iron; 1 x ironing board; 1 x laundry basket. 9.00 per week 7.00 per week 6.00 per week 5.00 per week Linen Bed 1 1 x quilt; 2 x quilt covers; 4 x pillows; 2 x sheet sets; 1 x valance. Bed 2 2 x quilt; 4 x quilt covers; 4 x pillows; 4 x sheet sets; 2 x valance. 86.00 per week 44.00 per week 31.00 per week 22.00 per week Towel 8 x bath towels; 4 x hand towels; 4 x bath mats. So the above would cost you approx $500 per week. They only do 4 weeks minimum so let's say we do it for 4 weeks that is $2,000 plus delivery and pickup approx $250 so to rent furniture for 4 weeks it would cost $2,250. So if you left everything behind let's do a rough price up of what it would cost to buy new. I will price up for a 2 bedroom, cheap package, obviously you can spend as much as you want but it will give you a rough guide. We will choose Fantastic Furniture for the package, now it isn't the best quality, we furnished one of our old rental properties with their furniture, the table bubbled because mats weren't used at meal times and some of the trim started to peel from the TV unit but it lasted 2 years and we may have got longer out of it but we sold up. The cheapest package is for 2 people and costs $999 It doesn't include a bed or the TV and lamp. To add a bedroom package on it would be an extra $179 without a mattress but includes bedside cabinet, bed and 3 drawer chest. A cheap foam mattress (double) can be added on for $98. Now if there are 4 of you then we may need to look at the other package, however this does include the bed and mattress (obviously not the TV). This is $1,999 Ok so we have now got the bulk of our furniture so we need to look at white goods. Now if you are buying a couple of items together please do not be afraid to ask for a discount. This is usually where my husband disappears in to thin air whilst I talk the sales man further down than what the item cost trade. He does get embarrassed but I once saved us $1,000 on a bulk purchase so don't be afraid to ask. Also check the prices of the same product elsewhere, there can be a huge difference and most stores will price match. I will price up on undiscounted costs but remember buy a couple of items together and knock them down. 'Now I had a look at Good Guys and the cheapest front loader they had was a 5kg one for $450. A fridge freezer was $399 but only small at 222litre. A 42" full HD TV non branded for $298 If you have time to spare then I would highly recommend Appliances Online especially for branded goods, just watch when it says free delivery as that doesn't include all areas. https://www.appliancesonline.com.au/ So for the main items we are looking at Small package for 2 people $2423 Family package $3423 but that would include a spare double bed and mattress. So as you can see it's nearly as cheap to buy items rather than rent furniture. Now you can also look at buying second hand using gumtree, Facebook, or second hand stores. In regards to accessories, pans, bedding (they call Manchester over here) plates, cutlery, microwave, kettle, toaster you can get them all cheap at Target https://www.target.com.au/ Kmart http://www.kmart.com.au/ Big W https://www.bigw.com.au/
  11. 3 points
    Prescriptions in Australia Unlike the UK when a doctor writes a prescription each medication has to be wrote on its own script. You will be responsible for making a copayment for each of the medications up to the limit of $38.80. If you have a concession card the maximum you will pay is $6.30. If a medication is higher than the $38.80 the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) will pay the gap providing it is on their list. A list of all the medications on the PBS can be found here http://www.pbs.gov.au/browse/medicine-listing One thing to be aware of is that even if your medicine is listed on the PBS they may only be subsidised for certain conditions. For example a drug may treat multiple conditions but it may only be available on the PBS if you have a specific one. Although the cost of a prescription available on the PBS says up-to $38.80 they are often a lot cheaper than this especially if you request a generic brand. Chemist Warehouse is probably the cheapest place to get a script filled. If you have a look at this link you will hopefully be able to find the drug you will need and the cost involved https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/prescriptions For example, let's look up Pariet 20mg x 30 tablets. The price you would pay is $12.99 If you purchased the generic brand it would cost $6.50 Safety Net If you and your family spend over $1,494.90 combined you will be eligible for a PBS Safety Net. If you are on a concession card this figure is $378. So before when a script could cost you up to $38.80 your new safety net card will reduce this amount up to $6.30 for the remainder of the year. To make sure you keep a record of how much you spend I would recommend using the same chemist or ask for a card which each pharmacy will complete when you get your medication. The safety net Year runs from the 1st January and resets each year. Private Prescriptions Some medications are not on the PBS list. Your doctor still may want you to take them but remember you will be paying the full cost. My specialist recently completed a special access scheme under category A for me to be able to access a specific drug that isn't available in Australia. In this situation I can only get this drug from the hospital pharmacy and I have to pay the private cost of $112 each month. Remember you can bring certain medications with you when you move over to Australia as long as it is for personal use and no more than 3 months supply. I recommend ladies stock up on birth control pills because they are not free here.
  12. 2 points
    By P.Garcia Anyone who has ever watched the Australian television soap opera Neighbours has had a glimpse into everyday Australian suburban life, albeit with a bit of extra drama thrown in. But is life on the show’s fictional Ramsay Street (even though it is a real cul-de-sac in Melbourne that you can drive on) a realistic glimpse of Australian life in the suburbs or a throwback to a more cliched view of what life should be like? Well the answer is that it does. Kind of. I mean, throw in the more mundane parts of everyday life like constant trips to the nearby shopping mall, grocery store or Saturday morning kids sports events and it is still pretty close. In fact, the main reason the show is even still being produced after so many years is that it continues to get lapped up by British and overseas audiences dreaming of an idyllic life Down Under. The numbers don’t lie - since World War II more than 7.5 million people have immigrated to Australia and that number is actually quite low because immigration into Australia has been strictly capped for many years and currently stands at 190,000 per year. Australia still remains the most popular country for British people to immigrate to according to The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford. On the flipside, official Australian Government figures show British people traditionally were the highest source of Australian permanent migrants until 2010-11, when China and India took over the mantle. It can be argued that most of the western world is morphing into this suburban, shopping mall-centred utopia,so why would Australia be any different and why would it be worth uprooting everything and moving there? There are plenty of reasons - the opportunities, the weather, the accepting, multi-cultural melting pot, the natural landscape, low crime levels and the top-shelf educational and sporting facilities that are available to all and not just the well-off. But the number one reason is the people themselves - or more clearly the Australian cultural ethos of “a Fair Go”. Ever since the first European settlement in 1788, Australia has become home to people of all kinds of backgrounds from the convicts of yesteryear to the highly-trained professionals migrating to Australia today. But from the outset, there has been the constant common denominator of A Fair Go. While it would be a stretch to argue that it is a classless society, it is certainly much closer to it than most other countries around the world. While the laid-back, laconic bushman of days gone by has gone, they have been replaced by suburbanites with a great sense of humour, a playful disdain of authorities and snobbishness and the idea that Australians are all in it together for the greater good. It’s not uncommon for even the more economically disadvantaged people in cities like Sydney or Melbourne to have good friendships with those better off and experience some of their lifestyle. Go on a party yacht cruise around Sydney Harbour and you will often bump into someone who runs the local convenience store who met the host purely because they liked the same football team. In fact, the way that the property market has gone in places like Sydney, it’s not uncommon for even people on an average wage in the outer suburbs to be sitting in a house valued at more than a million Australian dollars. It all comes back to the culture of inclusiveness that has become ingrained in Australians and is expected to be followed by new migrants. In fact, it is the personification of the Neighbours theme song words of “that’s when good neighbours become good friends”. It’s why you see hordes of Australian people helping rather than looting during natural disasters - the total opposite of countries like the US where disasters are seen by the poor as an opportunity to even the scales of injustice with the rich by looting their possessions. This concept of fairness is ingrained in a fairer average wage system, universal health care, education and better working conditions. While it probably doesn’t go as far as the devout socialism of Scandinavian countries, it is much better than the American system of “every man for himself”. In short, it’s the best of both worlds. Without necessarily meaning to, that’s another thing that Australians have done well - taking the best parts of other countries and blending them into its ever evolving culture that wasn’t set in stone hundreds or thousands of years ago. While watching Neighbours might lead viewers to the impression that Australia is a very Caucasian country, it is actually not the case. Sure, go out to the rural and semi-rural areas and it is still full of white people, but in the cities where the majority of Australians live, it is a multi-cultural mixing pot. Recent Australian government figures show about 28.2 per cent of the population was born overseas, the numbers from cities such as Sydney show that up to 51-55% of people have recent overseas cultural backgrounds. Many of these people are drawn to Australia by its good weather by international standards. Sydney is “cold” (which Australians define as non-shorts weather) for only six weeks of the year and the sub-tropical parts of Northern Australia are never cold. Even places that Australians consider cold in the winter, such as Melbourne or Tasmania are quite mild by overseas standards. Other factors that make Australia worth emigrating to is the great educational and sporting opportunities for its young people that don’t have the high cost- and social-barrier entry problems as similar facilities overseas. If little Johnny or Sun-Li want to become good golfers they can just wander down to their local course and get better at it without having to come from wealthy families to be able to afford to do so. Domestic travel is also a plus - many people born in Australia never or rarely travel overseas because there is so much natural diversity in their own continent and if they do, there is plenty of variety in nearby New Zealand, the Pacific Islands or Southeast Asia. And here’s a secret Australians try to keep under wraps - while they have a lot of wildlife that could probably kill you - it is unlikely that you will ever see it! This is best summed up by the Dropbear, a mythical killer koala that only exists in folklore so locals have an in-joke to playfully scare tourists. So all in all, Australia isn’t a bad place to move to. It’s not exactly Ramsay Street, but you definitely won’t have to worry about the Dropbears!
  13. 2 points
    Having moved down to Melbourne after a brief stay on the Sunshine Coast, we've had to learn our way around and the best ways to do this. Hopefully some of the experience gained can help other newbies or visitors to this beautiful city. I'm not an expert on the subject but I'm wiling to share what I know and stand to be corrected wherever I've gone wrong.... (probably a few times!) Here goes.... THE CAR... Lets start with probably the most common, driving. Most of the roads are pretty good and signposted well and with google maps or, in my case apple maps, navigation is quite straight forward. There are many major arterial highways linking the various suburbs and added to these are a couple of toll roads. Toll roads tend to be signposted in blue and can follow on from a normal highway. There are always signs before you reach the toll warning you where the last exit is. There are no toll booths on Melbourne's toll roads. Collection of tolls is done automatically, without slowing down or stopping. At each toll point, vehicles pass under a gantry which is fitted with both communication scanners and cameras. If a motorist has fitted a small electronic tolling tag to the windscreen of their vehicle, the gantry scanner communicates with that tag to register usage of the toll road to the motorist's toll account. For vehicles not fitted with electronic tags, overhead cameras use number plate recognition technology to identify the vehicle for billing purposes. Melbourne has two toll road operators - Transurban who manage CityLink, and ConnectEast who manage EastLink.Accounts for use on all of Melbourne's toll roads can be set up through either of these toll road operators. These accounts will also work on any toll road in Australia if an electronic tolling tag is also fitted to the vehicle. Drivers with interstate toll road accounts and electronic tags installed in their vehicles can immediately use all of Melbourne's toll roads.Alternatively, casual toll road passes can be purchased either prior to or up to 3 days after initial toll road use. Casual passes can cover usage on either a specific toll road or on all of Melbourne's toll roads. CityLink CityLink consists of three tolled roads: Southern Link (M1) - Monash Freeway between Power Street (Southbank) and Toorak Road (Malvern). It includes the Domain and Burnley Tunnels. Western Link (M2) - Tullamarine Freeway between West Gate Freeway (Port Melbourne) and Bell Street (Strathmore). It includes the Bolte Bridge. Batman Avenue - between Flinders Street and Olympic Boulevard (Melbourne). It extends from south of entrance "A" to north of entrance "B" at Melbourne Park. See CityLink or phone 13 26 29 (+61 3 9945 0800 from overseas). EastLink EastLink consists of one continuous toll road: EastLink (M3) between Springvale Road (Nunawading) and Frankston Freeway (Seaford), including the Melba and Mullum Mullum Tunnels Toll road signage Toll roads in Melbourne have blue signage with gold coloured lettering. This is in contrast to the green signage with white lettering used on roads that do not require the payment of tolls for their use. Visitors to Melbourne Are you driving a rental vehicle? Most hire car operators will have arrangements in place allowing you to drive the vehicle on Melbourne's toll roads without restriction and you will be automatically billed for any usage. These arrangements will either consist of an electronic tag fitted to the vehicle's windscreen or the registration of the vehicle's number plate with toll road operators for identification during your rental period. Confirm these arrangements when collecting your vehicle. Additional processing charges may be added to standard toll fees. If your hire car operator is covering all toll usage, you should not contact toll road operators to buy toll passes or pay for usage, otherwise you may end up paying twice. Are you driving a private vehicle fitted with an electronic tag? Electronic tags issued by any toll road operator in Australia will work seamlessly on all of Melbourne's toll roads. Simply drive though toll gantries without stopping and usage charges will be automatically billed to your own toll road account. Brisbane - Go Via Sydney - E-Toll Sydney - E-way Sydney - Roam Sydney - Linkt Are you driving a private vehicle without an electronic tag? If you currently have a toll road account with CityLink or EastLink in Melbourne, and you have registered your vehicle's number plate with them, simply drive through toll gantries without stopping. Toll charges will be automatically billed to your own toll road account. You will be charged a number plate matching fee, however this is waived for motorcycles. If you currently have a toll road account with a toll road operator in Brisbane or Sydney, and you have registered your vehicle's number plate with them, your registration number will be photographed as you drive through toll gantries and offered to other toll road operators to see if any will accept the charge on your behalf. If that charge is accepted by your own toll road operator, then it will be directly billed to your Brisbane or Sydney toll road account, including either a number plate matching fee or a no tag fee. Casual toll road passes issued by Brisbane or Sydney toll road operators are not regarded as toll road accounts and cannot be used on Melbourne's toll roads, except for the Linkt Sydney Pass. Otherwise if you don't have a compatible toll road account or accepted casual pass, you will need to make payment either prior to or no more than 3 days after using a toll road. Casual toll road passes can be purchased by either: Visiting the CityLink or EastLink website and making payment online Phoning CityLink on 13 26 29 or EastLink on (03) 9955 1400 Purchasing a pass at selected newsagents, 7-Eleven and United Petroleum service stations When purchasing a casual pass, you will be asked to provide your vehicle's registration number so that it can be recognised by cameras when driving through toll gantries. CityLink casual passes provide unlimited travel for 24 hours for a fixed fee on either the entire tollway or just the "Tulla" section between Bell Street and Flemington Road. There is a special weekend pass that offers unlimited travel on the entire CityLink tollway from midday on Friday to Sunday night for the same cost as a weekday 24 hour pass. EastLink casual passes are single trip passes that cover one journey of any length in one direction on the tollway. Therefore a return trip on EastLink requires the purchase of two passes. A convenient option for visitors to Melbourne planning to make multiple trips on any of Melbourne's toll roads over an extended period of time is a Melbourne Pass. No electronic tag is required and tolls are automatically charged to your nominated credit card using number plate recognition technology when driving through toll points. This arrangement simplifies things as you don't need to keep buying casual passes and you only accumulate charges when you actually use toll roads. The Melbourne Pass is valid for up to 30 days. It cannot be used on interstate toll roads. Are you unsure if you used a toll road in your private vehicle? If you have used a toll road without a valid toll account or casual pass, then sometime after 3 days since your first toll road journey, an invoice will be posted out to the registered owner of the vehicle. This invoice will request payment for outstanding tolls and it will also include additional processing fees. To avoid having an invoice issued which attracts additional fees, ensure you contact the appropriate toll road operator if you think you may have used their toll road. You have 3 days from the beginning of your first journey on the toll road to check if you have incurred any tolls and make payment. Here's a link to tolls and fees, probably best to follow this link as any prices I post would be subject to change: https://www.citylink.com.au/help/payments-tolls-and-fees/tolls-and-fees/what-are-the-tolls-and-fees Driving in general we find to be more aggressive than our experience in on the Sunshine Coast. It's not often you'll get let in to a stream of traffic by simply indicating, you need to take your life in your hands and shove in, most will then yield. There are traffic lights aplenty but none seem too well synchronised so the traffic flows from one set to the next in any direction. Red lights get jumped on many occasions so beware before setting off from your green light. There are red light cameras scattered around and falling foul of one will cost you $389 plus 3 demerit points. PUBLIC TRANSPORT As with most major metropolitan cities, Melbourne has a good Public Transport infrastructure. This is made up of Trains, Busses and Trams. All services fall under the banner of PTV (Public Transport Victoria) and fares are paid using a MYKI pass, similar to an Oyster card or an Opal card. The base payment for the card is currently $6, with various concessions available at $3. Buy a myki Choose your myki card from the list below and top up to start using public transport. myki card types Card type Cost Who's eligible to use this card? Full Fare $6 People aged 19 years and over with no concession entitlement International visitors 19 years and over Concession $3 Victorian Healthcare card holders Australian Pensioner card holders Seniors from other states in Australia PTV ID card holders (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary or Asylum Seeker) Children $3 Children aged 5 to 18 years (including visitors from other states and international visitors) Children aged 4 years and under travel free and don't need a myki Customers aged 17 and 18 must carry government issued proof of age ID (such as a passport, drivers license or proof of age card) Children aged 16 and under don't need proof of age to travel Seniors $3 Victorian Seniors Card holders Seniors receive a free myki with their Victorian Seniors Card Seniors from other states in Australia must buy a concession myki myki Explorer Visitors to Melbourne and Victoria can buy a myki Explorer. The pack comes with a ready-to-use card, handy maps and discounts to some of our favourite places. Buying a myki at a retail outlet Visit the myki retail outlets page. Buying a myki on board a bus Buy a myki on board a bus within the myki area and top up to a maximum of $20. Routes 401 and 601 do not sell or top up myki cards. Buying a myki online or via the call centre If you're buying a myki card online or through our call centre you'll need to provide your postal address so we can send you the card. We'll delete these details within 30 days of sending you the card. Your myki will take seven to 10 business days to arrive. Once you receive the card you need to top up so you're ready to travel. You can also register your myki. This protects the balance of the card if your myki's lost or stolen. When you buy a registered myki online or from the call centre, you can choose to print your name on it. Buying a myki with an overseas credit card Credit cards issued outside Australia cannot be used to buy myki cards online. Buying a myki on a V/Line train V/Line conductors sell myki cards pre-loaded with myki Money for travel to and from V/Line stations between Melbourne and Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour. Full fare cards cost $30 and include $24 myki Money. Concession cards cost $15 and include $12 myki Money. Pre-loaded myki cards are also available to purchase at staffed V/Line stations outside the myki enabled area (beyond Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour). Fares Your ticket and fare will depend on where and how you're travelling. We define the metropolitan area as Melbourne and the rest of Victoria as regional. There are some exceptions which we explain on the metropolitan fares page. There are many different types of tickets, detailed in Concession and Other passes. If you're unsure which ticket is best for you, give us a call on 1800 800 007. Metropolitan fares Metropolitan fares cover zones 1 and 2, find out more at Metropolitan fares https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/fares/metropolitan-fares/ Regional fares Regional fares cover travel within regional Victoria, find out more at Regional fares.https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/fares/regional-fares/ Travel benefits Find out if you're eligible for free or discounted travel at Travel benefits.https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/fares/travel-benefits/ Concessions Find out if you're eligible for a concession fare (a 50 per cent discount on a full fare) at Concessions.https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/fares/concession/ Free travel passes Find out if you're eligible for a free travel pass at Free travel passes.https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/fares/free-travel-passes/ Other free travel and vouchers More travel products, Other free travel and vouchers.https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/fares/other-free-travel-and-vouchers/ Zones Victoria's public transport network is separated into fare zones. Find out which zones you travel in at Zones.https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/fares/zones/ We have found public transport in Melbourne to be generally clean, punctual and good value. I particularly like the early bird travel that allows MYKI card holder free electrified train travel before 7.15am. Other free travel options are: Free travel The free travel listed below is applied automatically when a customer touches on and touches off: > early bird travel – all mykis provide free travel for journeys on Melbourne train services between railway stations at which electrified trains stop when touch on and touch off both occur before 7.15 am on a weekday. No product is created on the myki as a result of this travel. The policy intent is to provide free travel for those who touch off before 7.00 am. However, as trains scheduled to arrive close to 7.00 am may be delayed, an additional 15 minutes is allowed for customers to touch off. Where touch off occurs after 7.15 am, a normal fare will be charged. To allow sufficient time to disembark and reach a myki reader to touch off, it is recommended that customers treat a 7.00 am arrival time as the cut off time for Early Bird; > free Saturday and Sunday travel – customers travelling using concession mykis coded VS (Victorian Seniors Card holders), DSP or CAR (Disability Support Pensioners and Carer Payment recipients) receive free travel on Saturdays and Sundays for journeys in only one or two consecutive zones. For travel in more than two zones the fare for the entire journey will be charged; > free Sunday travel – customers travelling using mykis coded FFS or CFS (DHS Carer Card holders) receive free travel on Sundays for journeys in only one or two consecutive zones. For travel in more than two zones the fare for the entire journey will be charged. TRAINS There's a good network of trains covering a large part of the city and suburbs. Based on the good old London Underground maps, lines are coloured and easy to negotiate. There are several stations where two or more lines meet to allow travel across the network without having to go into the city centre to come out again. The lines are overground in the main meaning level crossings for car drivers, although many busy ones are being replaced with overpasses or underpasses. TRAMS In addition to the train network there is a tram network although this isn't as far reaching as the train network. There are also free trams running in the city centre. The free tram zone is clearly marked and covers most of the CBD. HELPFUL APPS There's a couple of apps I've found useful. I'm on Iphone but I'm sure there'll be Android versions. First up is 'Pay24'. You can top up various accounts from your phone including CityLink, E-Toll, EastLink, Myki, Opal & Go Card. You can put your whole families Myki cards on the app so you can top up the kids if you're not with them and they run out of credit. Secondly there's the 'PTV' app. It has a journey planner, location search that will tell you the next 5 services (bus, train and tram) transport maps and more. Lastly there's 'City Rail Map'. This does exactly what it says on the tin. It has maps for cities around the world and has a route planner thats quite helpful. CYCLING Cycling is possible around the city, there are cycle trails away from the roads as well as cycle lanes along the main routes and beside train lines. Cycling on the main roads is allowed (apart from the Freeways & Toll roads) but isn't for the feint hearted. I'm an experienced cyclist used to narrow UK 'B' roads and close calls with the occasional car but on the roads here it's an almost minute by minute close shave, even if you have more lights than Oxford Street at Christmas!! Out in the countryside however you seem to get more consideration. There are cycling tours in the vineyard areas and if you've got the legs/lungs for a good climb then there's some breath taking scenery to be taken in from the saddle.
  14. 2 points
    BULK BILLING DOCTORS BRISBANE Sometimes money can be tight and we don't have the funds available to see a doctor. Most doctors charge between $50 - $120 consult fee and then you pay for any medication on top of this. However, Medicare will provide $36.30 towards this. So if your Dr does not bulk bill and charges $50 for a consult you will pay a Gap fee of $13.70 Out-of-pocket expense to patient $13.70 Some doctors surgeries are not electronic yet so if you aren't bulk billed you will need to pay the $50 and then get a receipt from your doctor and claim back the Schedule fee from Medicare. This can be done in person at a Medicare office, the Medicare mobile app or by mail. However, many doctors now offer Medicare electronic claiming. This allows you to claim your Medicare rebate when you pay your account at the doctor's surgery. If the doctor uses the EFTPOS system your rebate is paid into your nominated account almost immediately. If the doctor uses the internet-based system, your rebate is paid into your account within a few days. This means you still pay the $50 but the $36.30 will be paid straight back in to your bank and you should receive it within 48 hours. If you go to a bulk billing doctor you won't pay 1 cent. You just sign a form and walk out of the door. What I do find with bulk billing doctors, the ones I have been to haven't really been the best. Or if the clinic is all bulk billing you may see a different doctor every time. House Call Bulk Billing Doctors After Hours GP: House Call Doctor provides Queensland’s most trusted after hours GP service. Assisting patients right across Brisbane and Queensland, including regional areas, in the comfort of their own home. The House Call Doctor Service is 100% bulk billed for Medicare and DVA card-holders. Call 13 55 66 or Book online at https://housecalldoctor.com.au/after-hours-gp-brisbane/ South Brisbane Bulk Billing Doctors Acacia Ridge X-ray, Ultrasound & OPG, Acacia Ridge – (07) 3255 6959 Elizabeth street Medical Centre, Acacia Ridge – (07) 3277 7500 Algester Medical Centre, Algester – (07) 3711 2880 Pulse Medical Algester, 8/168 Algester Road, Algester (07) 3272 8543 – Bulk billing to all medicare card holders. We have a full time female GP, and a dedicated children’s room. Buranda Family Medical Centre, Buranda – (07) 3393 2757 Calamvale Family Practice, Calamvale –(07) 3272 4533 Pacific Family Medical Centre, Calamvale – (07) 3711 2280 Metropol Medical Centre, Carindale – (07) 3343 0000 Medicross Coomera, Coomera – (07) 5573 0911 Medicross Helensvale, Helensvale – (07) 5573 2122 Kuraby Medical Centre, Kuraby – (07) 3841 5599 Middle Park Medical Centres – Shop 6, Park Village Shopping Centre, Middle Park (07) 3376 5743 www.ipn.com.au middlepark@ipnet.com.au Morningside Family Medical Centre, Morningside – (07) 3395 8577 Stones Corner Medical Centre, Stones Corner – (07) 3394 3622 Main Street Medical Centre, Woolloongabba –(07) 3393 1877 Logan Bulk Billing Doctors Beenleigh Village Family Medical Practice, Beenleigh – (07) 3382 0646 Mediprac Beenleigh – Woolworths Shopping Centre, George St, Beenleigh (open 7 days) (07) 3807 4999 Bethania Family Practice, Bethania – (07) 3299 6570 Browns Plains Family Practice, Browns Plains – (07) 3809 2911 Mediprac Browns Plains – 3 Commerce Drive (behind chemist), Browns Plains (07) 3800 1611 Primary Medical Centre, Browns Plains – (07) 3380 0111 QLD X-ray, Browns Plains – (07) 3802 6805 Medicross Greenbank, Greenbank – (07) 3200 0197 Middle Road Medical Centre, Hillcrest – (07) 3806 9288 Medicross Jimboomba, Jimboomba – (07) 5548 8800 Mediprac Logan – Cnr of Wembley and Kingston Roads, Logan (07) 3299 4899 (open 7 days) Medicross North Maclean, North Maclean – (07) 3802 0477 Mediprac Regents Park – Waller Road, Regents Park (07) 3800 4446 Medicross Rochedale, Rochedale – (07) 3341 2791 Exact Radiology, Rochedale South – (07) 3219 8877 Chatswood Road Medical Centre, Springwood – (07) 3208 8622 Medicross Springwood, Springwood – (07) 3841 1333 Mediprac Windaroo- 2 Carl Heck Blvd, Windaroo – (07) 3804 1700 (Open 7 days) North Brisbane Bulk Billing Doctors Prasads Medical Centre, Albany Creek (07) 3264 2211 Alderley Clinic, Alderley – (07)3356 8322 Health First Medical Centre (also known as Racecourse Road Medical Centre) – 119 Racecoure Road, Ascot. Bulk bill all children under 16. (07) 3268 1937 Hypermarket Medical Centre , Aspley – (07) 3263 3007 Bray Park Medical Practice, Bray Park – (07) 3205 4088 Carseldine Family Clinic, Carseldine – (07) 3263 4500 Chermside Medical Centre, Chermside – (07) 3350 4222 Clayfield Medical Centre, Clayfield – (07) 3262 1288 Redcliff Super Clinic, Clontarff – (07) 3833 2316 Moreton Medical Centre, Deception Bay –(07) 3204 7140 Eatons Central 7 Day Family Practice, Eatons Hill – (07) 3264 3900 Savage X-ray & MRI, Fortitude Valley – (07) 3854 1088 The Family Medical Practice Centre, Kallangur –(07) 3204 4222 Keperra Medical Centre, Keperra – (07) 3355 1947 Lime Radiology, Margate – (07) 3283 9200 Redcliffe Ultrasounds, Margate – (07) 3283 3997 Morayfield Road Medical & Dental Centre, Morayfield – (07) 5316 7777 Healthfirst Medical Centre, North Lakes – (07) 3491 6251 Rothwell Medicross, Rothwell – (07) 3204 9322 Stafford Road Medical Practice, Stafford – (07) 3857 2156 Strathpine Super Clinic, Strathpine – (07) 3480 0111 Toombul Medical Centre, Toombul – (07) 3266 5277 Warner Family Medical Practice, Warner – (07) 3882 3224 West Brisbane Bulk Billing Doctors Collingwood Park Family Medical Centre, Collingwood Park – (07) 3818 8511 Goodna Family Medical Centre, Goodna – (07) 3818 6299 Jindalee Care Medical Practice, Jindalee (07) 37157900 Centenary Medical Centre, Jindalee (behind Jindalee pool) – Bulk bill all medicare card holders. We also offer online bookings at www.centenarymedical.com.au (07) 3279 3008 Indooroopilly Family Practice, Indooroopilly – (07) 3378 1600 Riverlink Medical Centre, North Ipswich – (07) 3413 6666 Clarke and Robertson Radiology, Mt Ommaney – (07) 3376 1500 Oxley Medical and Dental Centre, Oxley – (07) 3372 5088 Plaza Medical Centre, Redbank – (07) 3288 3100 Richlands Medical Centre, Richlands – (07) 3271 1178 Springfield Medical Centre, Springfield – (07) 3818 1211 East Brisbane Bulk Billing Doctors Victoria Point Medical and Dental Centre, Victoria Point – (07) 3401 9555 Bayside Medilink, Victoria Point – (07) 3207 7855 Wellington Point Family Practice, Wellington Point – (07) 3822 4166
  15. 2 points
    JIMBOOMBA - by Calngary Jimboomba (postcode 4280) was once a little country town but is now a rapidly growing suburb with most day to day amenities on hand and a great selection of private and public schools. Numerous land estates are being constructed in and around the town offering people morereasonably priced housing in a semi rural location surrounded by mountains and fields whilst having easy access to both Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. One thing Jimboomba doesn’t yet have is much public transport meaning a car is necessary to fulfil life. Land Estates in and around Jimboomba include: -FLAGSTONE/FLAGSTONE RISE - soon to become its own suburb this is one of the largest master planned communities currently on offer. Flagstone has been created for people who demand more out of life. This visionary new address will bring together an inspiring CBD, nature and outdoor fun to create a place where every day is filled with opportunities to thrive. Life at Flagstone will be like nothing you’ve experienced before. 12,000 new homes will be embraced by 330 hectares of parks and sports fields with a wonderful CBD at their epicentre. All sorts of adventures, for all kinds of people, will be waiting just moments from your door. To top it off, the facilities of an established suburb, including schools, shopping and community groups, are conveniently close by, so you can slot into your new lifestyle right from the get go. Come and see for yourself why everybody is talking about Flagstone. You’ll soon be asking why anyone would choose to live anywhere else. - http://flagstone.com.au/lifestyle/current-amenity - http://flagstone.com.au/about/location JIMBOOMBA WOODS – A stunning acreage estate giving you room to move whilst still having neighbours on hand. Set on 1,200 acres of beautiful rolling former cattle grazing country, Jimboomba Woods is one of the last classic acreage estates available in South East Queensland.The 550 allotment estate by QM properties is setting a benchmark for quality acreage estates in Jimboomba. With one to five-acre allotments, 40m+ allotment frontages, NBN Broadband, and full pressure town water, this new release on Mundoolun Road provides Gold Coast and Beenleigh commuters with an affordable acreage alternative. The Master Builders display village has display homes by four of Queensland largest builders, showcasing designs specifically suited to the acreage lifestyle. On display are homes by GJ Gardner Homes, Metricon, Oracle Platinum Homes, and Stroud Homes. These are all established and reputable builders, whose acreage allotment designs feature all the latest trends in building and acreage living. - http://consumer.mbqld.com.au/find-a-display-village/jimboomba-woods EVERGREEN RIDGE – A newer estate currently under construction and offering amazing open views whilst being minutes from town. In this age of 300 m2 blocks of land, Evergreen Ridge, as the name suggests, sits high on a hill with views in every direction, the lush green hillsides reflect the previous use of the land as a turf farm, every lot in stage I is bigger than 2 acres (8,000m2) with full pressure town water. Only minutes to shops, schools and hotels, this exclusive estate is unique in every regard with only 16 lots in stage I, only a lucky few will call Evergreen Ridge home. Unashamedly tough covenants will protect your investment so that you can live at Evergreen Ridge with complete peace of mind. - http://www.evergreenridge.com.au/ RIVERBEND - Heritage Pacific held two major land holdings totalling over 1400 hectares of land just 3 km’s west of Jimboomba located in Logan City. The first project in this development was River Bend on the Logan River to be developed over seven years. The initial stage will consisted of rural residential homesites of between 3000 and 7000sqm with sales commencing in late 2009. The site has the potential to yield 870 rural residential lots or over 1800 residential lots. River Bend will ultimately include a commercial precinct, a sporting club and district level sporting facilities. This master planned development will be complete with over 150 hectares of open space and recreational networks. Heritage Pacific undertook the plan and approvals process and divested itself of the development in 2013. - http://www.heritagepacific.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/River-Bend.pdf MUNDOOLUN ESTATE - A unique estate where no two home sites are the same, each offering its own unique characteristics, and all having magnificent views across rolling country side towards the impressive Tamborine Mountain or the Birnam Range Park. Among the current lots for sale are a limited number of hilltop sites offering spectacular views of the Gold Coast Hinterland and Mount Tamborine. The Mundoolun Estate has kerb and channelled roads, underground services and beautifully landscaped streets. Over 300 acres are already set aside for parks, pony trails and wild-life corridors. The Mundoolun Estate is located 45 minutes from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and is only 7 minutes drive from the rapidly growing township of Jimboomba where you’ll find an impressive collection of shops, cafés and takeaway outlets, plus many industrial & professional suites. - http://mundoolunestate.com.au/ Day to Day Life in Jimboomba Realestate in Jimboomba – Postcode 4280 - - http://www.realestate.com.au/buy/in-jimboomba,+qld+4280/list-1 - - https://www.domain.com.au/sale/jimboomba-qld-4280/ Schools popular with Jimboomba residents - Jimboomba State School - Flagstone State School - Emmaus College (private) - Hills International College (private) - Flagstone State Community College - Greenbank State School - Canterbury College - Park Ridge High School - Beaudesert High School - Woodhill State School Shopping In Jimboomba you will find - Coles - Woolworths - Bakery’s - Newsagents - Post Office - ‘cheap’ shops - Butchers - Banks - SHOPPING PLAZA’S are located at Browns Plains or Orion Springfield. There are numerous Dr’s surgeries, clinics, pharmacies, Dentists, Podiatrists, Opticians etc located in and around Jimboomba. The closest hospitals are Beaudesert and Logan.
  16. 2 points
    CHOOSING AN AUSTRALIAN MOBILE NETWORK Australia has always been a little behind when it comes to mobile phone networks especially where data allowances come in to it. Purchasing a reasonable priced plan, with good data allowance and network coverage is a nightmare. Firstly, what you need to know is that there are only three telecoms companies who own/operate the mobile towers infrastructure - Telstra, Optus and Vodaphone. No matter which provider you choose your network will be provided by one of these. Tip: A good site for searching what mobile coverage you have in your area is: https://oztowers.com.au/ At the time of writing there are 30 mobile phone carriers: Telstra Network Telstra Woolworths Aldi Boost Southern Phone Telechoice Cmobile Optus Network Optus Virgin Yomojo Jeenee Amaysim Ovo Vaya Coles Dodo Spintel IINet Bendigo Exetel Vodaphone Network Vodaphone Lebaraya TPG Kogan Gotalk Think Hello Mobile Looking at the list above you are probably wondering where to start. If you are going to travel away from the cities then you need to look at Telstra or Optus networks with Telstra being the winner when it comes to network coverage. To be honest there are not enough Vodaphone towers for you to even consider them unless you live, work and play in one of the main cities. Fetching a phone from overseas? If you're thinking or fetching a phone from overseas, below are the main frequencies that each carrier uses. (N.B. 2G is in the process of being phased out) Now you have an idea of what network provider to choose you need to consider whether you want a prepaid or contract phone. Prepaid/PAYG When you first touch down in Australia you are best picking up a SIM card from places like Woolworths, Coles, Servos, Newsagents or Post Offices. These can be purchased for $2 and will give you an Australian contact number to help you sort out Jobs, rentals, Medicare etc. Remember to get your mobile phone unlocked before you arrive in Australia if you are leaving your phone behind you can purchase a pre paid one for around $60. When you have purchased your sim you will then get to choose what plan you go on. These are called BYO Plans (bring your own) or Pre Paid Plans. Remember to check if data allowance is included and how much. Also some providers do a rollover so as long as you keep paying them a monthly top Up fee your unused minutes and data will be carried over to the next month. What do I need to get a Prepaid Sim? When you purchase a prepaid sim they will ask for Identification, usually a passport or driving license. Postpaid or Contract Most mobile phone contracts in Australia are for a 2 year period so you need to check that the coverage is right for you before signing any legal documents. An example cost would be: IPhone 7 32gig on Virgin mobile $62 per month gives you $300 calls and 500mb data $81 per month gives you $300 calls and 6 gig data In comparison for the same phone Telstra is currently $91 per month gives you $550 calls and 1 gig data. As you can see Telstra are one of the most expensive on their plans but shop around because each provider often changes their deals on a regular basis. Tip: A good comparison site for comparing mobile contracts is: https://www.whistleout.com.au/MobilePhones What do I need to get a mobile contract? The first thing they will ask is if you can meet the 100 point check, so you are going to need some ID like an Australian Driving License or a Medicare Card as well as a bank card. They will also ask if you are employed and how much you earn. Now I've known cases where people have managed to get a contract without this information or may say they are self employed and they will ask how much you currently earn. They do not ask for wage slips. Once the ID is provided they will make a call to see if you have a bad credit rating. Again I have not personally known anyone fail who has been a new arrival.
  17. 1 point
    News to me – Medical Tip 15/11/17 By Richard Gregan, Registered Migration Agent 9905168 Owner and proprietor; OE Visas Ltd Ian Harrop & Associates Ltd Ian – a fellow Scot and Parent Visa applicant sent me the following tip; Mixing herbal remedies with prescribed Blood Pressure medication can have serious negative impact on reducing Blood Pressure. Ian says; . I’ve agreed with the doc that I increase my dose of Candesartan now. It takes weeks to kick in. I was taking echinacea for an immune system boost before we go and it seemed to wipe out my BP therapy. I googled it and low and behold the Mayo Clinic confirmed that it does this. If anyone introduces herbal remedies, it would be wise to be very careful with other medication. That is always a good thing to warn clients about! My resting heart rate is 52. Doubt if there’s much wrong! This advice is something I’ve not heard of before. Thanks for sharing this Ian. NB – I say, “Fellow Scot” because I am half Scottish. My Mother was born in Edinburgh and emigrated as an 18-year-old. Sadly, my Rugby talents never came even close to Scotland selecting me. Richard Gregan MARA 9905168 E: enquiries@my-oe.com W: www.overseas-emigration.co.uk
  18. 1 point
    My adaption cycle of my life in Australia Making a big change in your life can be daunting, sad and scary and through some periods of your life you will go through all sorts of stages and adjustments to fit into whatever it is you are transitioning through. For instance the decision to move abroad can be downright daunting and you will never really know what to expect. If you decide to move countries you are moving to a country with a different culture and ways of life. Moving overseas you will go through a cycle of adjustment. It does not matter how much you know of the country and their customs and culture or how well thought out you have thought about the big move and how well prepared you are this adjustment is inevitable regardless of your knowledge of the country or being prepared because moving overseas is like a wave on the ocean, it will hit you unexpectedly. After all we are human, we have feelings and emotions. Our life includes, our country, our state, or suburb, our house, our community, our neighbours, our friends, our family, our culture and our daily activities and if you decide to move abroad all that you knew is just gone and when that is gone you will grieve, but you have to understand this is just a part of life and part of the adjustment cycle. The first few months will always be the hardest as there are so many emotions running through your body. You may feel sad, anxious, regret, depression but that does not mean at all that you made a mistake but that is fine because you are going through a massive period of adjustment. You may be feeling depressed but this will gradually wear away. You will go through different periods of an adjustment cycle. Parts of this adjustment period cycle include: · The honeymoon period · Culture shock · Adjustment stage · Crisis phase · Acceptance and understanding The first stage of the adjustment period is the ‘’the honeymoon period’’ when you first get to your new country may feel exhilarated. Everything is still fresh and new. You will most likely feel excited and ecstatic. You will observe all the cultural differences it may all be very exciting to see. The honeymoon phase is somewhat similar to getting a new phone, you are so excited and hyped up for your new phone and are obsessed with it. Anything new can be very exciting and the honeymoon stage in moving overseas is like a burst of sunshine, it is all very exciting and new. When you get your new job in your new country, your new home, new activities and scenery and you’re your new life as a whole is so exciting and interesting. The honeymoon stage is almost like a shot of adrenaline and it is great because it will help you through this hard period of change in your life. The honeymoon somewhat acts as a survival mechanism as you deal with this huge change in your life. The second stage is culture shock. When the honeymoon phase wears off in comes all the culture shock. You have just moved to a new country with a different language and culture. This stage can sometimes be described like being a child again, where you have to learn language, culture and when interacting you have to work hard to understand and be understood. This stage can be very exhausting but it is part of the adjustment period. Even if you knew the language before you arrived you will have to learn the accent and language communication, like how they communicate with their body language to. You have to learn how to express yourself appropriately in your new country because if you can’t you will just find yourself in frustration and maybe loneliness. Your new country may have very different cultures and customs, some which you are not used to, such as, dress attire, communication, education, transportation, activities, and employment. These new factors are fresh and new to you and you may be extremely overwhelming for you. You may not accept or understand the ways of life in another country and it will most probably be a large dose of culture shock. The new culture of this country may confuse you and leave you in shock but this completely normal and part of the adjustment cycle. You may find yourself back at square one, it can be like starting your adulthood all over again. You may feel like you have made a huge mistake in moving abroad. At first everything was great it was a new, fun, fresh and exciting place but now it has become very overwhelming and are having second thoughts, but this is normal and part of adjusting. This phase will pass by. It may feel like you’ve taken a step backwards in your process of adjusting to your new country, but it is actually a massive step in the right direction to adjusting. After you have moved past the honeymoon phase and culture shock, you will move into the process of the adjustment phase. In this stage you will start to adjust and fit into your country’s society. You get out there and explore your new country. You meet new people and connects with the locals. You start either study, school or job and here where is where you make relationships. You learn new things get more in touch with the ways of life, the communication and culture. At this stage you will feel happier and more at ease. You gain a sense of belonging and importance in your new life. You will feel more confident. At this stage you will be able to communicate better and interact more deeply. Now you will feel great and feel like you fit into society. You understand the culture of your new country much better. Whilst this may seem like a happy period it is just a stage and you are yet to come across the last stages of adjustment. You have felt a sense of belonging at the adjustment stage and felt happy, but it is now time to move onto the crisis phase. This stage is harder than the culture shock as many emotions come to play in this stage and in most cases will fall into depression. This stage is like the homesick period. As you adjust into your new life into life in a new country where isolation will come in place. In this period you will compare your new life in your new country to your old life in your old country. You compare the culture in your hew country to your old culture in your old country. You will start to miss things like your traditional music, tradition art and music, home food and customs of the country. You realise just how much you really miss your old country and its culture. You may begin to resent your new country’s culture and may feel trapped by it. You start missing your family and friends, you may start to think that your family and friends may have forgotten about you after the absence of you. You will feel stuck and out of place. At this stage some people may feel they have made the wrong choice to mover to a new country and some people may at this stage decide to move back home to their old country. You may feel guilty at the decision to move as it caused you to be extremely homesick and depressed. Some things that may be help you to get past these feeling is, by, sending an email to your friends and family, organise a Skype call, and send a letter. Reach out for help from your friends, co-workers, neighbours and professionals, it’s a great idea to reach out to people who have been in your situation. Reach out to friends in your new home, keep in contact with your friends and family from back home. This will help you stay grounded. You are a just human going through a completely natural inevitable period which just doe take a strain mentally to your emotions. You have made a big change and it is only natural to feel sadness and miss important things from your old life. Anonymity Sometimes, people in the Crisis period want to tell people how they feel but are worried about being judged. They also don't want people back home thinking they are a failure, that they aren't 'living the dream' and after being so excited about the move, are desperate to get home. So where do you turn to when you just need to get things off your chest. Robert Williams director of Australia Migration Forums tells us. "We often receive posts from members who are struggling emotionally. They tell us there is no one else to turn to and they can't post on Facebook because they don't want their family to find out." Rob goes on to say, "their initial post is like the flood gates have been opened, they can pour their heart out to us knowing that none of us know who they are" "often these members are too afraid to tell their partner, they may have been the one who instigated the move forcing all the family to sell up, give up their friends/jobs and move to the other side of the world" How does Pomsinoz support these members? Apart from the anonymity (the forum actively recommends using a pseudonym for a username) , we find that just putting everything down in writing can help the majority of members. We also find that 99% of the time there will be other members who can relate to their situation. People have been sharing their migration experiences on the forum since 2004 and with nearly 70,000 members, the chances are that there are a lot of shared experiences. A lot of members who are suffering depression or suicidal thoughts do not have the emotional energy to reach out to someone privately so making one post and receiving advice and support from a number of different view points can literally be a life saver. Now it’s time to take the last leap in your adjustment period. This stage is where you accept your new home and life for what it is. At this period you would have stopped comparing your new country and its culture to your original country and you will accept the country for what it is. Along the way you have met some great souls and built meaningful relationships, now you have a better sense of belonging of your relationships, you have blended into your new life. In reality all these meaningful relationships and sense of belonging has all happened because of all the hard times you experienced. You learnt you built friendships and you found yourself and that was all due to the adjustment cycle. You now have a clearer understanding of who you are, you accept the culture and ways of life and adapt to live in the ways of your new life. Even though you have reached your last period of adjustment, as life is you will have you bad days and get homesick once in a while and that’s normally, but just remember what you have achieved and how far you have gotten. It is completely normal to feel sad and depressed when you are adjusting to life in a new country, but just remember you are human and all expats go through this period of adjustment. Whilst you are going through this adjustment period make sure to look after yourself. If you feel you are not coping then seek help from friends, co-workers or professionals. Speak up about your concerns or issues. Don’t bottle in your emotions it will only make this process harder for you. During this process be kind to your kind to yourself love yourself and believe in yourself.
  19. 1 point
    Devonport is a busy coastal city and hosts the Spirit of Tasmania ferry on its voyage to and from Melbourne. It’s also the gateway to the North West and beyond, with a bounty of fresh produce on its doorstep and plenty to explore right in town. Located on the Mersey River and the Bass Strait coast, Devonport enjoys river, ocean and mountain views and is close to some of Tasmania’s best natural places, including stunning Cradle Mountain. There are great beaches, rowing, sailing, kayaking and fishing. Walking and cycling tracks crisscross the city with plenty to see along the way including Aboriginal rock carvings on the coastal trail to The Bluff. Families will also enjoy a ride on the Don River Railway steam train to Coles Beach (30-min return) as it winds its way along the eastern banks of the picturesque Don River. Maritime history looms large; the Bass Strait Maritime Centre has an extensive model collection and interpretive display and you’ll also find several galleries, museums, craft shops and the heritage-listed house of former Australian Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons. Enjoy some pretty parks, including an arboretum (tree garden) that makes for a relaxing nature break. And with so much produce grown in the fertile soil of the Mersey-Forth valley, there’s no shortage of great food from pub meals and fish and chips to fine contemporary fare and farm gate delights. Devonport also has plenty of places to stay, making it a great base to explore the many treasures of the region. Devonport is a 1-hr drive (98 km) west of Launceston.
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    Graceville Graceville is bordered by the Brisbane river to the North-East and West, Oxley Creek to the East, Chelmer to the North and Sherwood to the South. At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population8km Southwest of Brisbane's CBD. It is a quiet, leafy suburb named after Grace Grimes the daughter of Samuel Grimes, a former local Member of Parliament and supporter of the Ipswich-Brisbane railway line. The suburb is centred on its own railway station on the Ipswich railway line. The suburb is predominantly residential, with houses generally being in the Queenslander style. The main roads in Graceville are Oxley Road, Graceville Avenue and Honour Avenue. Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land used mainly for grazing and crop farming. Growth took place in the late 1870s and 1880s, following the opening of the railway line. Expansion continued during the interwar period, aided by soldier settlement. Over the last 10 years, house sales in the area have doubled with a growth of 201% in median house prices, going from a humble $310,000 up to $625,000. There is a wide variety of homes in Graceville, starting with small post-war homes selling for as little as $325,000 up to deluxe riverside mansions reaching over $3,500,000. Graceville has many small businesses and commercial centres on either side of the railway. Flooding Graceville was affected by the 2017 floods therefore it would be wise to check the flood maps before settling in the area https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/sites/default/files/GRACEVILLE.pdf Parks Bert St Clair Oval, Faulkner Dog Park, Graceville Memorial Park, Simpsons Playground Education Graceville State School Primary (an excellent government school Prep - Yr 6) Corinda State High School Christ the King School (a private school but doesn't rank has high as Graceville State School prep - Yr 6) Churches Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian Public Transport Nearby Public Transport Routes Route 105 Type: Bus Nearest stop: Oxley Rd at Graceville State School, stop 50, Graceville, 85 meters From: Indooroopilly Shopping Centre station To: Alice Street Stop 95A app George St, City Route 106 Type: Bus Nearest stop: Oxley Rd at Graceville State School, stop 50, Graceville, 94 meters From: Dandenong Rd at Mount Ommaney Shopping Centre, Mount Ommaney To: Indooroopilly Shopping Centre station Route 598 Type: Bus Nearest stop: Honour Ave at Graceville near Verney Rd, Graceville, 449 meters From: Indooroopilly Shopping Centre station To: Moggill Rd at Taringa, stop 19, Taringa Route 104 Type: Bus Nearest stop: Graceville Ave at Oxley Rd, stop 48, Graceville, 453 meters From: Browne St at Corinda station, Corinda To: Lower Level at PA Hospital station, Woolloongabba Caboolture Line Type: Train Nearest stop: Graceville station, 456 meters From: Nambour station To: Ipswich station Ipswich/Rosewood Line Type: Train Nearest stop: Graceville station, 456 meters From: Rosewood station To: Caboolture station Springfield Line Type: Train Nearest stop: Graceville station, 456 meters From: Springfield Central station To: Bowen Hills station Sunshine Coast Line Type: Train Nearest stop: Graceville station, 456 meters From: Nambour station To: Ipswich station Route 599 Type: Bus Nearest stop: Honour Ave at Graceville near Verney Rd, Graceville, 459 meters From: Garden City Shopping Centre interchange To: Logan Rd at Kessels Corner, stop 43, Upper Mount Gravatt Nearby Public Transport Stops Oxley Rd at Graceville State School, stop 50, Graceville (Bus) Address: 182 Oxley Rd, Graceville QLD 4075 Distance: 85 meters Route: Route 105 Oxley Rd at Graceville State School, stop 50, Graceville (Bus) Address: 170-178 Oxley Rd, Graceville QLD 4075 Distance: 94 meters Route: Route 106 Honour Ave at Graceville near Verney Rd, Graceville (Bus) Address: 307 Honour Ave, Graceville QLD 4075 Distance: 449 meters Route: Route 598 Graceville Ave at Oxley Rd, stop 48, Graceville (Bus) Address: 8 Graceville Ave, Graceville QLD 4075 Distance: 453 meters Route: Route 104 Route 105 Graceville station (Train) Address: 307 Honour Ave, Graceville QLD 4075 Distance: 456 meters Route: Caboolture Line Ipswich/Rosewood Line Springfield Line Sunshine Coast Line Honour Ave at Graceville near Verney Rd, Graceville (Bus) Address: 303 Honour Ave, Graceville QLD 4075 Distance: 459 meters Route: Route 599 Oxley Rd at Graceville Fiveways, stop 50, Graceville (Bus) Address: 271-289 State Route 20, Graceville QLD 4075 Distance: 717 meters Route: Route 104 Route 106 Demographics Graceville (4075) is a suburb of Brisbane, Western Suburbs, Queensland. It is about 8 kms from QLD's capital city of Brisbane. Graceville is in the federal electorate of Moreton. In the 2011 census the population of Graceville was 4,213 and is comprised of approximately 51.7% females and 48.3% males. The median/average age of the people in Graceville is 37 years of age. 77.0% of people living in the suburb of Graceville were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were 4.3% England, 2.9% New Zealand, 1.1% United States of America, 0.9% Scotland, 0.8% South Africa, 0.7% Vietnam, 0.6% Canada, 0.6% Malaysia, 0.5% India, 0.5% Poland, 0.5% Indonesia, 0.4% Germany, 0.4% Papua New Guinea, 0.4% Wales. 89.5% of people living in Graceville speak English only. The other top languages spoken are 2.8% Language spoken at home not stated, 0.9% Other, 0.8% Vietnamese, 0.6% Mandarin, 0.6% Polish, 0.6% Cantonese, 0.5% Japanese, 0.5% German, 0.4% Spanish. The religious makeup of Graceville is 26.3% No religion, 25.6% Catholic, 20.7% Anglican, 7.3% Uniting Church, 5.5% Religious affiliation not stated, 2.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, 1.9% Christian, nfd, 1.9% Buddhism, 1.8% Lutheran, 1.4% Baptist. 54.6% of people are married, 31.3% have never married and 7.0% are divorced and 2.6% are separated. There are 149 widowed people living in Graceville. 60.6% of the people living in Graceville over the age of 15 and who identify as being in the labour force are employed full time, 30.7% are working on a part time basis. Graceville has an unemployment rate of 3.6%. The main occupations of people living in Graceville are 40.1% Professionals, 15.9% Managers, 15.2% Clerical & administrative workers, 7.9% Community & personal service workers, 7.8% Technicians & trades workers, 7.2% Sales workers, 3.4% Labourers, 1.3% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated, 1.2% Machinery operators & drivers. The main industries people from Graceville work in are 16.0% Professional, scientific and technical services, 13.5% Education and training, 13.0% Health care and social assistance, 9.0% Public administration and safety, 6.9% Retail trade, 5.6% Construction, 5.3% Financial and insurance services, 5.0% Manufacturing, 4.6% Accommodation and food services. 33.3% of homes are fully owned, and 41.8% are in the process of being purchased by home loan mortgage. 22.8% of homes are rented. The median individual income is $846 per week and the median household income is $2136 per week. The median rent in Graceville is $400 per week and the median mortgage repayment is $2300 per month.
  21. 1 point
    If you are bringing your dog from the UK you won't know about some of the species of ticks we have in Australia, especially one that can kill. Below is some information that I have collated that I hope will help. The following ticks have been recorded from dogs- Ixodes holocyclus (paralysis tick)- Qld to Bairnsdale in Vic, causes paralysis. Ixodes cornuatus> (indigenous tick)- southeast coastal NSW, central Vic, Tas, may cause paralysis. Ixodes australiensis (indigenous tick)- WA and Tas. Ixodes hirsti (cat tick)- may cause paralysis. Ixodes tasmani (possum tick)- Tas, Vic, NSW, Qld, SA, WA. Ixodes myrmecobi (indigenous tick)- southwest of WA. Boophilus microplus (cattle tick)- Qld, NT, WA, northeastern NSW, rare on dogs; transmits the cattle blood parasites Babesia bovis and Babesia bigemina Haemaphysalis bancrofti (wallaby tick)- coastal Qld and NSW to Nowra, Kangaroo Is (SA). Haemaphysalis longicornis (scrub tick, bush tick, New Zealand cattle tick)- southern coastal Qld, coastal NSW, northeastern Vic, esp Murray Valley; introduced from Japan. Rhipicephalus sanguineus (brown dog tick), mainly inland areas of Qld, WA, NSW, Vic, but found mostly in northern parts of Australia. It is a vector for infectious agents affecting dogs such as Babesia canis. Infection with Babesia canis may result in a symptomless carrier state or in disease ranging in severity from mild to severe and occasionally ending in death. Amblyomma triguttatum queenslandense (ornate wallaby tick)- north Qld. Amblyomma triguttatum triguttatum (ornate kangaroo tick)- Qld, northern NSW, southwestern WA Aponomma aurunginans (wombat tick)- southeastern Australia, rare on dogs. Ornithodoros gurneyi (inornate kangaroo tick)- widely found all States except Vic and Tas; the only "soft" tick commonly recorded on dog. Here is a guide to what common dog ticks can be found in which area. Brown Dog Tick If you are new to the tropics and own a dog, you will very shortly need to know about brown dog ticks. Rhipicephalus sanguineus are different from the paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus), well known in Queensland or the cattle tick (Boophilus microplus). Brown dog ticks are not as life threatening but can develop into an irritating skin condition when in large numbers. The brown dog tick is a parasite of dogs in tropical and sub-tropical countries including Australia. If you find ticks on your dog in the NT, they are most likely to be brown dog ticks. Cattle ticks will also attach to dogs, if your dog runs in areas with cattle. You will find ticks attached anywhere on a dog but mostly where the dog cannot bite itself. Ticks attach mainly along the back, on the neck, in the ears and between the toes. Heavy infestations do occur in the Top End, especially in the wet season. Generally, these ticks will not attach to people. EFFECTS The tick embeds its mouthparts into the skin and feeds on blood and lymph, until it is engorged. The blood loss can cause anaemia, and dogs can become listless. Tick numbers will increase rapidly if dogs are left untreated, and very high infestations may lead to death of the dog. The brown dog tick transmits the blood parasite, Babesia canis which causes a tick fever. Dogs raised in the Top End are generally not affected by this parasite due to their early exposure. However, introduced dogs or puppies are susceptible. SURVIVAL Ticks are excellent survivors. They lay large numbers of eggs and each stage can survive several months without feeding. They are most susceptible to strong sunlight, desiccation and very heavy rain. There are four stages in the life cycle of the tick: egg, larva, nymph and adult. The adult female tick leaves the dog after it is fully engorged and seeks out a dark sheltered position to lay its eggs- all 4000 of them. This may be in leaf litter, soil or under your best lounge chair. The eggs hatch into reddish brown larvae which are very small and difficult to see. They may be found crawling up walls. They attach to the dog and feed until engorged. Then they drop off the dog and moult to become nymphs. Nymphs are larger than larvae and can be distinguished by having eight legs instead of six. Nymphs also feed on blood until they are engorged and then drop off the host. They then develop into female or male adults. The female attaches and starts to feed. The engorged female is the largest and most obvious stage in the cycle. Engorged females are about 12 mm in length and are brown to blue/grey in colour with dark brown legs. Male ticks are much smaller, shiny dark brown in colour and actively move about. They do not engorge like the females, but may be found close to females. All adult ticks have eight legs. Eggs hatch 17-30 days Larvae engorge 2-4 days Larvae moult 5-23 days Nymph engorge 4-9 days Nymph moult 11-73 days Female engorge 6-21 days Unfed larvae survive to 6 months Unfed adult survive to 19 months The brown dog tick is most active during the early wet season. BREAKING THE CYCLE Ticks are out of control if you can see them crawling up your walls. If tick numbers are allowed to increase, control becomes a costly and prolonged exercise. Treat dogs when tick numbers are low and keep infestations low. This is especially important at the start of the wet season as numbers will rapidly build to plague proportions. The old saying “ a stitch in time” is very true. To break the tick cycle you need to control ticks both on and off the dog. This is achieved by a combination of chemical and non-chemical means. CHEMICAL CONTROL Fortunately, there are a number of highly effective chemical products on the market. In fact there are so many products on the market that at times it may be a little overwhelming. Products basically vary in how they are applied and their active ingredient. Several different trade name products may all contain the same active ingredient, so read the fine print on the label. Commercial preparations include sprays, washes, powders, collars, pour ons and oral treatments. Most active ingredients fall into the various chemical groupings of pyrethroids, organophosphates, carbamates, formamidines, insect growth regulators or inhibitors and adulticides. These products act on different sites within the tick. Pour on Pour on applications are easy to apply and are long acting. One of the most effective products is the topically applied fipronil, Frontline. It spreads over the skin and is deposited in sebaceous material. It is effective for up to one month against ticks. Sprays and washes Dogs treated with dips and washes must be thoroughly wet to the skin, with particular attention being given to inside the ears and between the toes. Generally these products are only effective for a limited time. Because the brown dog tick is a three host tick, regular chemical treatments at seven to 14 day intervals are required to break its life cycle. Washes generally contain organophosphates, synthetic pyrethroids or formamidines. Take care in applying these and follow safety instructions. Of the cattle tick dips only Barricade ‘S’ is registered for use on dogs for the control of cattle ticks. One of its active ingredients is chlorfenvinphos. Do not use at intervals of less than three weeks. Collars These are another effective method of applying chemical for prolonged periods. However, exposure to water will affect the duration of protection. Collars generally contain organophosphates, synthetic pyrethroids or formamidines. With all chemical treatments, it is very important to read and follow the manufacturers’ recommendations. Remember that some of these chemicals also affect human health. There are a limited number of treatments registered for use on animals under three months. In the Top End weather conditions are favourable for tick survival for most of the year, except for short periods in the driest times and the wettest times. As long as dogs are monitored for tick burden, year round treatment would not be warranted. Commence control as soon as ticks are seen on the dog. Treat all dogs at the same time. OTHER CONTROL MEASURES Constant reinfestation will occur if the dog’s environment is contaminated with tick larvae and nymphs. Treat the dog’s resting areas with an acaricidal spray. These are often organophosphate chemicals such as maldison or diazinon. Bedding, crevices in the kennel and any other items in the vicinity will harbour ticks so all of these must also be treated or removed. If ticks have invaded your house, a commercial pest control operator should be consulted. Ticks will shelter in cracks and crevices associated with brickwork, skirting boards and mouldings and the use of powders/dusts with a residual effect is recommended. Products should be used only according to directions. Dogs should be regularly checked for ticks. Pull off any ticks and destroy them. Ticks in the ear removed using blunt-ended tweezers. Recommended actions for severe problem of ticks on dogs Contact a commercial pest control operator to spray your house and yard. Alternatively, spray dog resting areas, kennel and bedding with Quick Kill Rinse Concentrate for Fleas, Ticks and Lice, Exelpet Fleaban Yard and Kennel Concentrate or Malaban Wash Concentrate weekly for three weeks until numbers are greatly reduced. (Remove dogs first). Dispose of bedding if possible. Elevate kennel above the soil. Note: These are organophosphates and are toxic to humans, so follow instructions carefully. They are poisonous if absorbed through the skin, inhaled or swallowed. Avoid inhaling. Wear gloves. Wash hands with soap and water after use or immediately if spills occur. Treat dog with Frontline Top Spot Dog. Apply between shoulder blades onto skin (or use spray). Repeat treatment monthly until ticks are few in number. Alternatively, a tick collar could be used or a wash for ticks. Restrict dog movements to treated area so no ticks are picked up elsewhere. Treat all dogs at same time. Do not allow "ticky" dogs into your yard. Persist with treatment for at least four months. An AgNote from the Northern Territory Government Please visit their website at www.primaryindustry.nt.gov.au Paralysis Tick The paralysis tick is a major problem for cats and dogs; prevention and treatment are very important for pet owners. They occur year round but their numbers reach a peak from early spring to late summer (the so-called “tick season”) when it is warm and wet. A severe paralysis tick infestation can lead to respiratory failure and death. THE CAUSE OF TICK PARALYSIS The paralysis tick, Ixodes holocyclus, is the cause of tick poisoning. This tick is found along the east coast of Australia (essentially very narrow strip) and is prevalent around bushland especially on Sydney's north shore including Turramurra. The paralysis tick is a grey-greenish coloured tick that can range in size from a pinhead to as large as a thumbnail. The size is an indication of how long the tick has been on your pet. The tick ingests blood and becomes engorged as a result, at the same time secreting its own saliva into your pet’s bloodstream. It is the neurotoxins in the saliva that cause the clinical signs. Paralysis ticks occur all year round but their numbers reach a peak from early spring to late summer (the so-called “tick season”) when it is warm and wet. The actual time varies with weather conditions – approximately early August till late January. SYMPTOMS OF TICK POISONING Clinical signs usually develop within 3-4 days after tick attachment but, in some very rare instances, signs may not be seen for up to a week or two after attachment. Signs most commonly seen include: Vomiting and/or gagging or refusing food. A slight wobbliness of the hindquarters which worsens to paralysis and inability to stand. A change in the sound of bark or miaow; Vomiting and/or gagging or refusing food Difficulty breathing (slow and laboured, often with a grunting noise on expiration). If your pet is showing ANY of these signs it is IMPORTANT that it is treated appropriately AS SOON AS POSSIBLE as untreated animals may die. Sometimes you may find a tick or ticks on your pet and it is not showing any clinical signs. In such cases you should remove all the ticks, keep your pet quiet and closely watch him/her for the next 24-36 hours as signs may still develop despite the removal of the ticks. If this happens, treatment is necessary. TREATMENT FOR PARALYSIS TICK POISONING In all cases of tick poisoning the following procedures will be followed: Administration of a sedative (cats especially can become very agitated and stressed with a tick); Removal of all ticks and repeated searches; Pre-medication and administration of anti-tick serum. It should be noted that adverse reactions can occur to the serum; Cage rest and close monitoring, Monitoring of bladder function. Manual expression of the bladder is often required until normal function returns. In some cases additional procedures are required, such as: Supportive treatment, such as fluids, oxygen, etc. (depending on the severity) may be necessary Artificial ventilation. Learn more here about our state of the art ventilator Further diagnostic procedures including blood pressure, blood tests and chest radiographs. Other procedures may be necessary in severe cases. In general your animal will be in hospital for at least 2-3 days. Your pet will be graded on admission for respiration and gait. You will be informed of the changes in the grading during your pet’s hospitalisation. Prior to discharge your pet will either be sprayed with Frontline or given a tick bath and rinse. Some breeds of dogs seem to be particularly sensitive to the effects of the neurotoxin. These include Collies, Border Collies, Irish Setters and German Shepherds. In such animals clinical signs can be more severe and recovery often slower. TICK PARALYSIS AFTER CARE It is important to keep your pet QUIET and COOL for 2 weeks after tick poisoning because of the possibility of delayed cardiotoxic effects. In addition small frequent meals and fluids are preferable to one large meal a day. Another common side effect of tick poisoning is inhibition of a dog’s ability to urinate. Although this is unusual you should check that your pet is urinating freely. This means observing a stream of urine not just "that he’s cocking his leg"! It is important to realise that your pet is still susceptible to poisoning from any future ticks. The antiserum given at the time of treatment does not have any lasting protective effects and so preventative measures should be undertaken. PREVENTION OF TICK PARALYSIS Daily examination of your pet for the presence of ticks is the most effective form of prevention provided it is done diligently. Always remove the collar from your animal before checking as ticks are often found under them! In general ticks attach most frequently around the head, neck and forelegs of an animal but you should check all over. A number of drugs assist in preventing tick attachment and poisoning. For both dogs and cats, Frontline Spray used at its “tick” dose rate. This product protects against ticks for up to three weeks and persists despite subsequent bathing or swimming. For dogs only you may also use either: Frontline Top Spot which protects for up to two weeks; or Permoxin insecticidal rinse weekly; or Bayer Kiltix Collar which protects for up to 6 weeks. For cats only Frontline Spray only. REMOVAL OF TICKS There are a few important tips to remember when removing ticks from a pet’s body as well as a few misconceptions to debunk. When removing a tick it is important not to disturb the body of the tick and to try and grab the tick by its head, at the point of insertion in the skin. In the past people used tweezers, long finger nails, forceps and long nosed pliers however all these can have downsides and either traumatised the tick before removal or hurt the pet. With the advent of tick removers, a fork like device that slides either side of the tick without touching the body of the tick, easy removal is now possible. Research says that poor removal of a tick may worsen the degree of symptoms but generally will not affect the morbidity. Our advice is that if you can remove the tick easily and cleanly yourself then do it, if not then a quick visit to your vet for assistance is worthwhile. If either of these options are not feasible then applying Frontline or another appropriate tick controller to the tick may kill the tick and allow removal once it is dead. Please note that it may take some time for the tick to die and thus increase the venom exposure. Please don’t use metho, kerosene, turps or any other agent as they can cause other issues. One key myth is the risk of leaving the head behind. Whilst this means that the tick has not been removed cleanly it doesn’t necessarily cause any other issues beyond a local site reaction with the pet’s body eliciting a foreign body type reaction or hypersensitivity. Bush ticks The bush tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) is a parasite of cattle, sheep and other warm blooded animals. In some states of Australia and other countries, decreased livestock growth rates and disease due to anaemia can occur, but the tick has not caused such problems in Western Australia. The Bush tick was first detected in Western Australia on cattle in the Walpole area in 1983 but has not spread widely and infestations are only occasionally reported. Since being detected it has not spread far beyond this area, presumably due to its requirement for mild summer temperatures and moisture at ground level. Although tick infestations can be significant in the major endemic zones, this has not been seen in Western Australia, and routine control measures are not warranted. Importance The chief effect of the bush tick on host animals is due to the sucking of blood, and in endemic areas heavy infestations can cause severe anaemia, decreased growth rates and rarely, deaths in younger cattle. In older animals the combination of a continued low-grade anaemia and "tick worry" can reduce production performance. However, significant effects have not been seen in Western Australia, presumably because climatic conditions do not permit large populations to develop on individual animals. Other stock species rarely acquire the large burdens of bush ticks seen in cattle, but sheep can develop a particularly severe reaction at the site of tick attachment, which can cause extreme irritation. Ticks can be found on dogs, wildlife and occasionally on humans. Cattle which have been exposed to ticks develop a degree of resistance to further tick infestation, and hence calves in their first year usually acquire heavier burdens than older stock. Cattle introduced from tick-free areas are likely to acquire more ticks than locally raised stock. The number of ticks seen on individual cattle usually varies greatly, and they may be seen on only a small proportion of a herd. The bush tick is a different species from the cattle tick (Rhipicephalus microplus), which in Western Australia occurs only in the Kimberley region, or various tick species seen on wildlife. The bush tick is known to transmit the protozoal disease Theileriosis in cattle on the eastern seaboard, and in WA this has been detected on a number of properties, mostly in the Denmark-Walpole area. Biology of the tick The bush tick orginated from the northern Pacific and is primarily a parasite of cattle, but readily infests many other warm blooded animals. Adult ticks are usually dark brown in colour, and grow to about the size of a pea when fully engorged with blood from a host. The favoured sites of attachment are around the tail, on the udder, inside the legs, on the brisket, in the ears, and occasionally on the face and neck. On sheep, non-woolled areas are preferred. The bush tick is referred to as a three host tick, because each of three life cycle stages must attach to a host for a few days before continuing development. Adult ticks suck blood from a host before dropping to the ground, and laying several thousand eggs. Over some weeks the eggs develop to larvae, which climb onto the vegetation to await a passing host. After several days on a host animal, the larvae fall off, and moult to become nymphs. Nymphal ticks again seek a host and suck blood for several days, before dropping off to moult to the adult stage. Both larvae and nymphs are very small, and are not easily seen with the naked eye.The life cycle occurs over about 12 months. Adult ticks are seen mainly during early summer, larvae from late summer to early winter, and nymphs, mainly in spring. Larvae and nymphs which have not found a host can reportedly remain alive in the vegetation for over 12 months if conditions are favourable (though this is unlikely under WA conditions). On any one property, adult bush ticks are usually seen for only a few weeks in each year, at most, before disappearing. The free-living (ground dwelling) stages of the bush tick have very specific climatic requirements. Moisture must be continually available, and extremely hot temperatures are unfavourable. This limits the tick's distribution to areas where some rainfall occurs year round, and summer temperatures are not excessive. In Australia, bush ticks are especially abundant in a narrow strip along the northern coast of New South Wales, and found as far north as Gympie in Queensland and south to Gippsland in Victoria. Even within favourable climatic zones, bush ticks require a moist, sheltered ground environment. Short, open pasture is usually too dry to permit survival of the vulnerable free living stages. Control In the sub-tropical areas on the eastern Australian coast, where bush tick populations are heaviest, control measures are based on tickicide chemicals and pasture management, though this is not routinely necessary. The most effective products have a persistent effect, as individual ticks attach for only a few days, and hence protection against continual infestation is needed. These chemicals are available as dips, sprays, or pour-on products. This level of control has not been necessary in Western Australia. If tick infestations were of concern, the risk of re-infestation would be largely eliminated by preventing susceptible stock (especially calves) from grazing paddocks containing scrub or heavy dense pasture. The bush tick in Western Australia Following the discovery of the bush tick at Walpole in 1983, farms in the district were inspected annually for several years to determine the extent of establishment. The tick is now established on cattle farms in the Walpole, Hazelvale and Denmark districts, with recent reports closer to Albany, but it appears unlikely to spread significantly further, or to become of major significance in its own right. However, as the Bush Tick is the vector for the Theileria organism, disease related to this could potentially occur on farms within the tick’s distribution range. No other tick species in WA outside the Kimberley Land Division are considered to be of importance to agriculture, and ticks found on humans may cause irritation but pose no disease risk.
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    Getting Around Sydney - Your Guide To Public Transport in Sydney Sydney, located in New South Wales, is a major metropolitan city with over 32 million tourists visiting each year. In 2015-16, net overseas migration (NOM) reflected an annual gain of 182,165 persons relocating to Sydney, so as you can imagine, it is a busy place! There are many ways to get around Sydney and the public transport system have a good reputation of being reliable and on time. One thing you should be aware of before you arrive in Sydney, is that the transport system can be complex and if you don’t know how to use it effectively, then you could end up paying extra to get around the city. Opal Cards: The best thing you can do upon arriving in Sydney is purchase an Opal card. This is the smart card for Sydney travel and it will make it easier for you when you are travelling around the city and the surrounding areas. When you land in Sydney airport, you can purchase an Opal card there, or you can also pick it up at Central Railway Station. If you are extra prepared, you can even purchase the Opal card online in advance. In doing so you will save yourself time and worry. However, you must order your card three to four weeks in advance as there is a long waiting time for delivery. Although you can purchase a visitor opal pass from any of the retailers here http://www.retailers.opal.com.au The four types of Opal cards that are available are: - Black cards for people over 16 - Green cards for children (4 to 15 years) - Silver cards for job seekers and tertiary students - Gold cards for senior and pensioner card holders There is also a School Opal card available. This type of Opal card can be used for travel on buses, trains and ferries when going to and from school. This card allows free travel from school to home during specific times. When topping-up your Opal card, you can easily do so at various train stations across Sydney, as well as using online top-up, or you can even top-up at newsagents and cafes. The general minimum top-up amount for the Opal card is $10.00, but the minimum top-up online is $40.00, so bear this in mind. Normally, the general daily spend on the Opal card is $15.00 per day or $60.00 per week. For children, under four year olds travel for free and for a child between the age of 4 and 15 it will cost a child’s fare, which starts at $1.69. The daily average for children is $7.50 and it is $30.00 per week. For pensioners, the fare is $2.50 for the day no matter how much you travel throughout one day, you just need to obtain a valid pensioner or senior card. The Opal card comes with the peace of mind of knowing that you can use it on just about every public travel service to get around Sydney; including train, bus, and ferry. As well as using your Opal card in the regular tap-on and tap-off system, you can also conveniently purchase single trip tickets through your Opal card to use on all transport services, however, these are unavailable as return trips. Single trip tickets can be picked up at most train stations. In addition to the Opal card in Sydney, there is also the MyMulti ticket system, however this can work out more expensive than the Opal card. With the MyMulti ticket, a daily charge will cost you $23 in comparison to the Opal which costs $15.00 ($8.00 less). Sydney Buses: One thing to be aware of with Sydney buses, is that you are best off having your Opal card topped up because the Sydney Bus Service is a strictly pre-pay service between the hours of 7.00am and 7.00pm. If you don’t have an Opal card, you can get a ticket at a 7/11 store, which are located all over Australia. The bus service in Sydney is reliable and frequent, with inner-city buses stopping every 5 to 15 minutes. Suburbs on the outskirts of Sydney offer a less frequent bus service, and unfortunately you may be required to wait for up to an hour between bus services. If you are going out at night, a bus is your best option, as most of Sydney’s trains stop running between midnight and 4.30am. The NightRide bus service replaces Sydney Trains and these buses depart from various locations throughout the city and they cover the greater Sydney network. Sydney Trains: The rail system in Sydney is well sprawled out and offers many different lines to various parts of the city and its suburbs. There are regular train services from all of the main inner city stations and the best way to understand the rail system is by looking at the rail map and knowing what line you need to go on. For Opal card users, it is a simple tap-on and tap-off system at the train station. Sydney Ferries: In Sydney, you also have the luxury of getting around by Ferry, a unique feature of this wonderful city. The Sydney Ferry Service offer many services from Circular Quay. The Sydney Ferry Service carries more than 14 million people on its decks each year. You can enjoy the elegant views of Sydney harbour with just a touch of your Opal card. The only misfortune is that you can’t get to Bondi by ferry. Sydney’s Light Rail System: The latest transport element of Sydney is the Sydney Tram or Light Rail service. The Inner West Light Rail is now operating and it transports more than 8.4 million passengers each year. This Light Rail line operates as the L1 Dulwich Hill Line and is a 12.7km route which connects Dulwich Hill to Central Station. The latest extension of the Light Rail system is the CBD and South East Light Rail. This transport system is expected to take its first passengers in 2019 and it will be a 12km route, featuring 19 stops. It is expected to extend from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station, through Surry Hills to Moore Park, then onto Kensington and Kingsford, and then onto High Street. If you are still confused on how to get to your destination you can use the transport app https://transportnsw.info/#/ it will tell you what train, bus, ferry to catch etc.
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    One of the main concerns when moving to a new country is who is going to help with the children. We can no longer ask friends or family to keep an eye on them whilst we go off to work so we need to look at alternatives. Unfortunately childcare is expensive in Australia and sometimes it may be worth considering whether it's more cost affective for one parent to remain at home until your child can start school. Below are some options available: Family Day Care Suitable for children 6 weeks - 12 years - Costs: $6 - $10 per hour - average $57 per day. Family day care is the UK alternative to a registered childminder. To be able to look after your child in their home they need the following: Cert III in Education and Care (or working towards this) First Aid Certificate A working with children check Public Liability Insurance Childcare Centre Suitable for children Birth - 5 years Costs: $70 - $200 per day A childcare centre is what we would call a nursery in the UK. It is an expensive option but may be the one you find most suited to your circumstances. The centre will be licensed with qualified staff who follow a structured program. Like all childcare centres there will be a child/staff ratio and your child will not be cared for on a one to one basis. The downside with childcare centres is that they are not flexible with their operating hours also a lot do have long waiting lists and like schools some parents have their child's name down before they are born. Nanny Suitable for children 6 weeks - 14 years Costs: $17 - $25 per hour dependent on experience A nanny is someone who is qualified to care for your child in their own environment. Although having a qualified nanny is expensive if you have more than one child it may work out cheaper. You can choose a nanny that will either live in or out and the wage will relate to this. If you are hiring a nanny please check they have a working with children card and a first aid certificate. You will find a nanny will give you more flexibility especially if you are working shifts. Au Pair Suitable for children 2 years - 12 years Costs: $200 per week live in. Some au pairs are not qualified to work with children and look at it more as a stepping stone to another career. They may not be reliable or may only stay with you for a short period of time. We find a lot of backpackers look for work as an au pair because it gives them accommodation and a small bit of spending money. An au pair can also help with cooking meals for the child, some prefer not to cater for the family or do full housework so make sure you both know what you are letting yourselves in for. Before and After School Care Suitable from 5 years - 15 years Cost: $10 - $30 per session You will find most schools or church groups offer a before and after school club. Unfortunately these only have limited hours but are a good option if you have a 9 - 5 job. Read our Child Care Benefits Article - https://www.pomsinoz.com/articles.html/living-in-australia/child-care-benefit-r27/
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    Arriving in Australia Checklist When you arrive in Australia there’s so many things to think about and do. Use this checklist to help you while you settle in Australia. First things first Check into your temporary accommodation. Let your friends and family at home know that you have arrived safely. Set up communications Set up a pre-paid mobile phone account. Find your nearest internet service point. Explore jobs and schools Hire a car to explore the city / regional area / local area, including local schools if applicable. Purchase the weekend newspapers and acquaint yourself with your area. Here, you will also find job and property vacancies, and cars for sale. Get the paperwork sorted Apply for a tax file number and open a bank account if still required. Register yourself and your family for a Medicare card if you are eligible or arrange for private health insurance. Start serious job hunting Contact potential employers and recruitment agencies to set up interviews. Regularly check jobs advertised in newspapers and online websites. Settle in Collect your pets from quarantine if necessary. When you move into your new home First things first Set up utilities including phone, power, internet etc. Build your networks Contact your children’s new schools or child care provider and arrange for a progress report. Introduce yourself to your new neighbours. Look into social and recreational activities in your local area. Register with your local library. Increase your mobility Purchase a car if required and organise registration and insurance. Find out about local transport and timetables. Keep the following original documents with you as you travel: Identity documents Passports Birth certificates Marriage (and divorce) certificates Employment and school documentation Qualifications, Curriculum Vitae/Resume, job and employment references Children’s school reports and immunisation certificates Financial and insurance documentation Verification of your credit records Proof of no claim bonus for insurance purposes Copies of your life and other insurances A copy of your Last Will and Testament Records of trusts and companies you have operated Account and loan details Details of your investments Electronic records Backup files for your computer.
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    Before moving to Australia there’s lots to think about and plan. Use this Emigrating to Australia check-list to assist you with your planning. 18 months prior Research, Research, Research ! Remember, Australia is a large country (30x bigger than the UK)! Compile a shortlist of where in Australia you'd like to live. Talk to friends and relatives already living in the State. Conduct research on the internet, useful websites include: Poms in Oz http://www.migration.sa.gov.au/sa/home.jsp http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/Pages/LivingInWesternAustralia.aspx http://www.business.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/ http://www.workliveplay.qld.gov.au/dsdweb/v4/apps/web/content.cfm?id=3168 http://www.theterritory.com.au/ http://www.migration.tas.gov.au/ Learn more about property prices and the cost of living. Develop a budget for when you move. Useful property websites include: http://www.realestate.com.au/buy http://www.domain.com.au/ Research job opportunities and business opportunities for you and your family. Useful websites include: http://www.seek.com.au/ http://www.careerone.com.au/?disRe=true Attend migration expos to obtain more information and ask questions Find a migration agent or research your migration visa options if you plan to apply yourself. Useful websites include: https://www.mara.gov.au/ Make sure you’re ready Talk to your doctor about any medical conditions that may need attention. Prepare your current home for sale or rent. 12 months prior Apply for your visas Ensure that you and your family all have valid passports. Complete your visa applications forms – seek assistance from your Migration Agent if required. Communicate your plans Inform your children’s schools of your relocation plans. Request copies of all relevant documentation such as school reports. Talk to your family and friends about your plans to relocate. Organise your finances Consolidate accounts and reduce debts wherever possible. Check the cost of moving Research costs for relocation services and source airfare quotes. Familiarise yourself with Australia’s customs and quarantine requirements for your pets and belongings. 6 months prior Prepare to move out If your permanent residency visa has been granted, put your home on the market for sale and source temporary accommodation should your house sell sooner than anticipated Check the required notice period for vacating your property if you are renting Sell or donate unwanted furniture and household goods Research processes involved with transporting pets i.e. quarantine, vaccinations, costs involved Consider advising your employer of your relocation plans. Get paperwork sorted Undertake medical and police checks if required. Create or update your Last Will and Testament. Obtain copies of medical and dental records for you and your family. Request credit references from your bank and other lenders. Plan where you’ll live in Australia Narrow down your search for places you would like to live in Australia. 2 months prior Organise temporary living arrangements in Australia Source and book temporary accommodation in Australia for when you arrive. Useful websites include:<BR><BR> http://www.stayz.com.au/ http://www.homeaway.com.au/ http://www.gumtree.com.au/ http://www.big4.com.au/ http://www.perthpoms.com/forum/accommodation-available/ Investigate transport options to your temporary accommodation when you arrive. Investigate new schools or childcare providers for your children and register them if possible Book your pets into quarantine service and boarding kennels if necessary. Begin packing items you do not regularly use. Prepare for your job search Update your Curriculum Vitae/Resume including employer references. Start applying for positions via employer and recruitment websites. Follow up by phone if possible. Contact potential employers in Australia and notify them of your interest and expected arrival time. Arrange a telephone interview if appropriate. Get finances, insurance and legal matters sorted Obtain statements from your financial institutions and any pension /superannuation funds. Arrange necessary insurance cover for you and your family. Ensure it is valid until you take out a new policy in Australia. Settle any outstanding legal matters if applicable. Get ready to leave Service your vehicle, prepare for sale or storage. Confirm your departure date with removalists. 1 month prior Sell or store your car. Organise bills and records Provide a forwarding address to your bank, migration agent, post office, financial institutions, employer, friends and family, and relevant authorities. Arrange for your mail to be redirected. Compile personal records and paperwork into a secure travel file. Pay all bills, cancel subscriptions and ensure any direct debits will be stopped once you move. If possible, set up a bank account in Australia. Organise health and medical Arrange for current prescriptions and a sufficient supply of any medicines. Organise private health and other insurance for when you arrive in Australia. Get things ready in Australia Confirm temporary accommodation booking for when you arrive. If you are heading to South Australia, Register with Skilled Recognition Services and Employment Linkages Services if eligible.These provide workshops and information sessions to assist new migrants in making the transition into employment. If you are heading to Victoria, Register to attend a skilled seminar or business seminar for when you arrive in Victoria. These seminars will provide you with tips and contacts to make a rapid transition into work or business. 2 weeks prior Obtain some Australian dollars and/or travellers’ cheques for when you arrive. Finish packing all non-essential items. Back up your computer files. 1 week prior Organise transport to the airport. Pack essential items and on-board luggage. Include activities for children if applicable. Leave forwarding contact details for the new occupants of your home
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